It looks like the fatal four-way match for the NXT Women’s Championship at NXT Takeover: Houston is starting to take shape.
With Kairi Sane officially in the match, the second spot was up for grabs at the beginning of this week’s NXT as Peyton Royce, Nikki Cross and Liv Morgan faced off in a triple-threat match.
Cross is always the wild card in any match, and this one was no different. Any momentum Morgan or Royce had at any point was gone in the blink of eye. Just when the match started to really turn in Cross’ favor, the Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) made their way to the ramp with Mae Young Classic competitor Taynara Conti.
The three convinced Conti that she belonged in the match, getting her to storm to the ring and interfere. Since triple threat rules state that there are no disqualifications, this was all legal. Conti distracted Cross enough for Royce to hit the Venus Fly-Trap Suplex for the win.
Up next was Lio Rush vs. Velveteen Dream. Rush showed off early why he was such an anticipated signing, using his agility and break-neck speed to his advantage. But Dream quickly ruined his debut with a top rope diving elbow for the win.
The next match was sure to be hard-hitting, as the massive Lars Sullivan took on Danny Burch. Sullivan took control of the match from the get go, putting his strength on full display. Burch tried to stage a comeback, but Sullivan wasn’t having it. He easily hit his waist-life side slam finisher for the convincing victory.
It was then the tag team division’s turn, with The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) facing local talent. Dawkins & Ford cruised to an easy victory, only needing a few minutes to hit their spine-buster/frog splash combo.
In a much-anticipated rematch from NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III, Johnny Gargano faced Andrade Almas in the main event.
The match began with both men feeling each other out before Gargano started to get more offense in. Almas hit a reverse DDT on the ring apron to turn the tide in his favor.
But Johnny Wrestling recovered and started to show his high-flying style, including a dive to the outside of the ring. The two proceeded to go back and forth with each other until Almas pushed the referee into Gargano, almost giving him the win.
Gargano was able to lock in the Gargano Escape submission hold, but Almas’ manager Zelina Vega attempted to distract him by wearing a #DIY shirt. While it didn’t work at first, Almas found the opening he needed to hit the Hammerlock DDT to put Gargano away.