9/12/23 NXT Recap
The opening credits roll, followed by a recap of some of the happenings from last week’s show. We then see Becky Lynch arriving to the Performance Center earlier today.
Booker T and Vic Joseph are on commentary from Orlando, Florida.
Match #1 – #1 Contender’s (NXT Championship) Match: Ilja Dragunov vs. Wes Lee
Lee knocks Dragunov into the corner with a forearm shot, and then follows with body shots. Dragunov comes back with a knee strike, but Lee keeps the advantage and takes Dragunov down. Dragunov comes back and backs Lee into the corner. Dragunov delivers forearm strikes, but Lee comes back with quick body shots. Dragunov drops Lee with a right hand and goes for an enzuigiri, but Lee ducks and delivers a dropkick to the Dragunov’s neck. Lee runs the ropes, but Dragunov drops him with a chop and follows with a series of German suplexes. Lee lands on his feet on the last one and kicks Dragunov to the floor. Lee takes Dragunov out with a dive through the ropes, and then sends him into the barricade with another dive. Lee goes for a third dive, but Dragunov counters with a kick to the head and sends Lee onto the announce table with another German suplex as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Dragunov delivers rapid-fire chops in the corner. Dragunov goes for a spinning back fist, but Lee blocks it. Dragunov delivers a chop and goes for a power bomb, but Lee counters with a spike hurricanrana and gets a two count. They exchage shots and Lee takes advantage. Lee delivers an uppercut, but Dragunov comes back with a shot. Lee delivers a spinning heel kick and follows with a double stomp. Lee chops and shots in the corner, but Dragunov blocks the last one and drops Lee with a chop. Lee comes back with a Spanish Fly and goes for the cover, but Dragunov kicks out. Dragunov comes back with elbow strikes and goes for a German suplex, but Lee gets free. Dragunov comes back with a knee strike to the midsection and follows with elbow strikes. Dragunov slams Lee down and goes for the cover, but Lee kicks out. Lee comes back with elbow strikes and drops Dragunov with a DDT. Dragunov rolls to the floor, but Lee dives over the ring post to take him down. Lee gets Dragunov back into the ring and goes up top. Dragunov cuts him off and climbs as well.
Dragunov drops Lee with a superplex and delivers the H-Bomb. Dragunov goes for the cover, but Lee kicks out. Dragunov goes for Torpedo Moscow, but Lee counters with a knee strike. Dragunov comes right back with an H-Bomb back of Lee’s head and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Ilja Dragunov
-After the match, the NXT Champion, Carmelo Hayes, comes to the entrance way. He and Dragunov stare each other down as Lee walks away.
The NXT Women’s Champion, Tiffany Stratton, is shown arriving to the Performance Center earlier today.
The aftermath of the No Disqualification Match between Bron Breakker and Von Wagner, where Breakker slammed the ring steps into the head of Wagner, from last week’s episode is shown. Joseph says Wagner has been diagnosed with a small skull fracture and a timetable for recovery has yet to be determined.
Baron Corbin makes his way to the ring. Corbin says he sat at ringside last week and had to watch the feed cut to black as Breakker smashes Wagner’s head with the ring steps. Corbin says he doesn’t like Wagner, but his story with brain surgeries is very real and Breakker took advantage of that. Corbin says Wagner will never be the same again and calls Breakker to the ring. Corbin says what Breakker did last week was freakin’ awesome, and Breakker gets into the ring. Breakker calls Corbin an idiot and says he did what he did because Wagner put him through a table, not to gain Corbin’s approval. Breakker says he loved every second of it, and Corbin says he was coming out here to be nice.
Corbin says Breakker is so angry and meaner than evil, and then tells him to try ending an Olympic gold medalist career like he has done twice. Corbin says he stood toe-to-toe with The Undertaker and has fought Roman Reigns, and Breakker says he doesn’t care about Corbin’s accomplishments. Corbin says he is on a higher level than Breakker, and Breakker says he doesn’t care abour or want Corbin’s respect. Breakker challenges Corbin to a match at No Mercy and says Corbin will leave that night the same way Wagner left last week. Corbin says Breakker has a lot to learn and says he is not Von. Corbin slaps Breakker in the face, and they come to blows. referees and security rush out to pull them apart.
Match #2 – Six-Man Tag Team Match: Brooks Jensen, Josh Briggs, and Myles Borne (w/Fallon Henley) vs. Charlie Dempsey, Damon Kemp, and Drew Gulak
Briggs and Kemp start the match, and Briggs drops him with a scoop slam. Jensen tags in and he and Briggs double-team Kemp. They then double-team Dempsey and Gulak. Jensen clotheslines Kemp in the corner, but Kemp comes back with a shot and tags in Gulak. Jensen slams Gulak down, but Gulak comes back with a side-headlock and tags in Dempsey. Jensen sends Gulak to the outside and Briggs takes him out. Borne tags in and slams Dempsey down. Kemp tags in, as does Jensen. Jensen delivers a few shots, but Kemp comes back with a face-buster over his knee. All six men get into the ring and all quickly brawl to the outside. Borne pulls Henley out of the way of a dive from Kemp, but then Borne slams Jensen into the ring post. Kemp pulls Jensen into the ring, slams him down, and gets the pin fall.
Winners: Charlie Dempsey, Damon Kemp, and Drew Gulak
A new Andre Chase University segment airs. Andre Chase tells the class to watch Stratton vs. Lynch tonight and take notes. Chase asks Duke Hudson if he has seen or talked to Thea Hail, and Hudson says she has stopped sharing her location with him. This transitions into a segment with Jacy Jayne and Hail. They are interrupts by a couple of guys who flirt with Jayne and make fun of Hail for being young. Jayne gets in their face, and then she and Hail beat the guys down. Hail says she is tired of dressing in Chase U gear and that they are going shopping next week.
Match #3 – Singles Match: Dana Brooke (w/Kelani Jordan) vs. Lyra Valkyria
They lock up and exchange waist-locks. They run the ropes and counter moves, and then Valkyria delivers an enzuigiri and sends Brooke to the outside. Valkyria goes up top, but Brooke comes back and pulls her down. Brooke kicks Valkyria in the back and goes for the cover, but Valkyria kicks out. Brooke delivers another shot and goes for the cover again, but Valkyria kicks out. Brooke wrenches Valkyria’s neck, but Valkyria backs her into the corner and delivers a few shots. Valkyria delivers a scoop slam and kicks Brooke in the midsection a few times. Valkyria drops Brooke with a kick to the back of the head and goes for a Northern Lights suplex, but Brooke counters and takes her down. Brooks sends Valkyria to the corner, but Valkyria dodges her and delivers a back heel kick. Valkyria connects with a splash from the top and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Lyra Valkyria
-After the match, Jordan checks on Brooke in the ring. Valkyria offers to help Brooke up, and then Brooke tries to attack Valkyria from behind. Jordan stops Brooke and holds her back, and then Brooke apologizes.
The NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament will return soon.
McKenzie Mitchell interviews Eddy Thorpe. Thorpe says he is getting really tired of Dijak and he is not going to let this go. Dijak appears on the monitor and says he is at the place that Thorpe goes to when he talks to the spirits. Dijak takes off his belt and starts beating it against a tree. Thorpe storms off and says he will talk about it later.
The NXT North American Champion, Dominik Mysterio, is walking backstage. He walks up to Carmelo Hayes, and they talk a little trash to each other about who is the actual A Champion on the show. Hayes challenges Mysterio to a match next week, and Mysterio smirks and walks away.
McKenzie Mitchell interviews Becky Lynch. Lynch says the plan is to win the NXT Women’s Championship tonight and says no one can doubt her anymore. Lynch says she is hungrier than ever and is ready to right the wrongs of her time in NXT. Kiana James walks up and says she doesn’t want Lynch in NXT. James said if she was the champion, she would send Lynch back to Raw empty-handed. Lynch says after she wins tonight, James will see her in NXT a lot more.
Match #4 – Global Heritage Invitational Tournament – Group A Match: Axiom vs. Tyler Bate
They exchange quick holds and Bate gets a back-slide for a one count. Bate gets another quick one count, but Axiom comes back and trips him up. Axiom applies a side-headlock on the mat, but Bate gets free as the rest of the Global Heritage Invitational Tournament field watches the match from backstage. They exchange more shots, and then Bate sends Axiom to the outside. Axiom comes right back in and they shove each other a few times. Axiom sends Bate to the floor and takes him out with a moonsault. Axiom gets Bate back into the ring and drops him with a diving cross-body. Bate rolls through the cover and picks Axiom up for the airplane spin slam. Axiom rolls to the outside as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Axiom slams Bate down. Axiom charges into the corner, but Bate catches him and drops him with a back suplex. Axiom delivers an enzuigiri, but Bate comes back with a right hand. Bate comes off the ropes, but Axiom drops him with a Spanish Fly. Bate comes back with a knee strikes and comes off the ropes, but Axiom takes him down and applies a rear choke. Bate powers out and goes for the airplane spin slam again, but Axiom counters with a poison-rana. Bate comes back with a brain buster and goes for the cover, but Axiom kicks out. They go up top and Axiom drops Bate with a Spanish Fly. Axiom goes for the cover, but Bate kicks out. Axiom takes Bate down and gets a two count, and then Bate drops him with a recoil clothesline from the ropes. Bate delivers the Tyler Driver 97 and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Tyler Bate
-After the match, Kelly Kincaid interviews Butch backstage and he talks about the history between he and Bate. They will face off in the Global Heritage Invitational on next week’s show.
Earlier today, Joe Gacy tells Ava that their tree is rotten and they are now alone and more isolated than ever before. She tries to argue with him, but he says no and they place their hands on the rotted tree.
Trick Williams meets up with Carmelo Hayes backstage. Williams says he’ll be there for Hayes next week, but Hayes says he is good. Williams says they are still boys and Williams says he’ll always be here. Wes Lee was behind them the entire time, and he empties his locker and removes his name plate from it.
Match #5 – Tag Team Match: Edris Enofe and Malik Blade vs. The Creed Brothers (Brutus Creed and Julius Creed) (w/Ivy Nile)
Blade dropkicks Julius into the corner and causes Julius to knock Brutus to the floor. Blade connects with a splash from the top and gets a quick two count as Los Lotharios are shown watching the match from the risers. Enofe and Brutus tag in, and Brutus quickly takes him down. Brutus goes for the cover, but Enofe kicks out. Brutus connects with a standing moonsault and a senton, but Blade comes in to break it all up. Channing Lorenzo and Tony D’Angelo are shown watching the match from backstage as Blade and Enofe double-team Brutus. They slam him down and Enofe goes for the cover, but Brutus kicks out. Enofe delivers a Famouser, but Brutus fires up. Brutus drops Enofe with a shoulder tackle, and then Julius and Blade tag in. Julius suplexes Blade and Enofe across the ring, and then slams Enofe down. Julius rolls through a cross-body from Blade and Brutus tags in. Brutus comes off the ropes and take Blade down and gets the pin fall.
Winners: The Creed Brothers
-After the match, Hank Walker and Tank Ledger come out to stare down The Creeds, but then Bronco Nima and Lucien Price attack Walker and Ledger from behind.
Backstage, Lynch and Valkyria share a hug and Valkyria tells Lynch to please win the title tonight.
Roxanne Perez talks to some of the women in the locker room about the upcoming NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament and how much it did for her career. She is interrupted by Elektra Lopez and Lola Vice. They argue a bit and Lopez says if Perez is looking for trouble, she just found it.
Updated card for NXT No Mercy:
-NXT Championship Match: Carmelo Hayes (c) vs. Ilja Dragunov
-NXT North American Championship Match: Dominik Mysterio (c) vs. Mustafa Ali
-NXT Heritage Cup Championship Match: Noam Dar (c) vs. Global Heritage Invitational Tournament Winner
-Baron Corbin vs. Bron Breakker
Match #6 – Global Heritage Invitational Tournament – Group B Match: Akira Tozawa vs. Nathan Frazer
They lock up and Tozawa applies a wrist-lock. Frazer comes back and takes Tozawa down, but then they stand at a stalemate. Tozawa takes Frazer down and applies a leg-scissors hold, but Frazer gets free and drops Tozawa with a dropkick. Frazer comes off the ropes, but Tozawa dodges him and gets a roll-up for a two count. Tozawa delivers a German suplex and follows with a Shining Wizard. Tozawa delivers a missile dropkick that sends Frazer to the outside, and then dives on him through the ropes. Tozawa gets Frazer back into the ring and goes up top. Frazer cuts him off, but Toazawa shoves him away. Frazer comes right back and drops Tozawa with a superplex. Frazer slams Tozawa again immediately and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Nathan Frazer
-After the match, Kelly Kincaid interviews Joe Coffey, who will take on Duke Hudson next week. If Coffey wins, he advances out of Group B. If Hudson wins, Group B will have a three-way tie. Coffey and Hudson talk a bit of trash to each other before Hudson walks away.
McKenzie Mitchell interviews Mustafa Ali. Ali says he doesn’t like how Dominik Mysterio refereed his match last week, but there is nothing he can do about it. Ali says he will be the one to reclaim the NXT North American Championship for all of NXT. Dragon Lee interrupts and talks about the match last week. Ali says Lee can have the first title match after he beats Mysterio. Ali walks away as Lee shakes his head.
Wes Lee is stopped backstage. He says he told himself that if he wasn’t going to No Mercy then he was going home. He walks out the door, and then Gigi Dolan attacks Blair Davenport. They brawl before they get pulled apart.
Announced for next week’s NXT:
-Champion vs. Champion Match: Carmelo Hayes vs. Dominik Mysterio
-Global Heritage Invitational Tournament – Group A Match: Butch vs. Tyler Bate
-Global Heritage Invitational Tournament – Group B Match: Duke Hudson vs. Joe Coffey
-Lola Vice vs. Roxanne Perez
Match #7 – NXT Women’s Championship Match: Tiffany Stratton (c) vs. Becky Lynch
Stratton kicks Lynch in the midsection and drops her with a shoulder tackle. Stratton drops Lynch with a back elbow and goes for the cover, but Lynch gets free and trips Stratton up. Lynch goes for the Disarm-Her, but Stratton gets free and sends Lynch to the apron. Stratton delivers a shot and then sends Lynch to the floor as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Lynch is in control. She goes for the Disarm-Her, but Stratton counters and drops Lynch with a power bomb. Stratton goes for the cover, but Lynch kicks out. Stratton goes for the Prettiest Moonsault Ever, but Lynch cuts her off and delivers a few shots. Lynch takes Stratton down from the top and keeps her grounded. Lynch locks in an arm-breaker, but Stratton rolls through and picks Lynch up. Lynch counters with a hurricanrana and goes for the cover, but Stratton kicks out. Stratton sends Lynch into the ropes and takes her down with a double stomp. Stratton goes for the cover, but Lynch kicks out. Stratton goes for the Man-handle Slam, but Lynch counters. Lunch drops Stratton with a side-Russian leg-sweep from the ropes and goes for the cover, but Stratton kicks out. Stratton rolls to the floor and trips Lynch up on the apron. Stratton slams Lynch into the ring steps and clears off the announce table. Stratton goes for a power bomb, but Lynch gets free and kicks her onto it. Lynch connects with a double leg drop on the table and gets Strattong back into the ring.
Lynch connects with another leg drop from the top and goes for the cover, but Stratton kicks out. Lynch locks in the Disarm-Her, but Stratton gets to the ropes. Stratton dumps Lynch tot he apron, but Lynch kicks her in the head a couple times. Lynch comes off the top, but Stratton dodges and kicks Lynch in the midsection. Stratton delivers a power bomb and goes for the cover, but Lynch kicks out. They exchange slaps, and then Stratton gets a roll-up for a two count. Stratton slams Lynch down and goes for the PME, but Lynch dodges it. Lynch delivers the Man-handle Slam and gets the pin fall.
Winner and new NXT Women’s Champion: Becky Lynch