The Authors of Pain once again showed why they are a force to be reckoned with in the NXT tag team division.
In the main event for this week, they beat the Street Profits to earn an NXT Tag Team Championship match against Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish at NXT Takeover: Philadelphia. But Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford didn’t go down easily, using their high-flying style to try and ground the behemoths.
They fought for as long as they could, but Akam and Rezar eventually overpowered the energetic duo. The former Tag Team Champions hit their signature Super Collider and Last Chapter combo, ending the Street Profits’ undefeated streak and sending a painfully clear message to the champions.
There was more tag team action where that came from when Heavy Machinery (Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic) took on Tino Sabbatelli and Riddick Moss. It was a back and forth contest, with neither team gaining a clear advantage. But Moss was able to pin Knight and use the ropes as leverage to steal the victory.
Up next was Fabian Aichner versus Roderick Strong. It was an impressive bout, with both men showing why they were two of the better performers on the roster.
Aichner tried to go for a top rope maneuver at the peak of the action, but it was countered by Strong. This allowed him to lock in the Strong Hold submission for the win. After the match, The Messiah of the Backbreaker called out Lars Sullivan and vowed to destroy him.
In women’s division action, Lacey Evans faced Aliyah. It was a back and forth battle, with both women looking to gain momentum in the stacked division. The match came to a quick end once Evans decked Aliyah with a stiff right hand, earning her the pinfall victory.
Evans then got on the mic and claimed that the women’s division was full of low-life trash like Kairi Sane and Nikki Cross, whom she promised to take out first. Her rant was then interrupted by Shanya Baszler, who stormed the ring and locked the deadly Kirifuda Clutch on Aliyah. Ember Moon then ran to the ring to make the save, forcing the Queen of Spades to again retreat.
The NXT Women’s Champion had seen enough and challenged Baszler to a match, but the newcomer only cared to face Moon if her title was on the line. General Manager William Regal, against his better judgment, made the match official; at NXT Takeover: Philadelphia, it will be Moon versus Baszler for the title.