WWE NXT featured Keith Lee defending his newly won NXT Championship in a Winner Take All match just one week after his historic win. The first challenger of the NX-Lee era was longtime rival/son Dominik Dijakovic.
Damian Priest def. Cameron Grimes
These two poor fellas had the lowest viewership together in each of the past two weeks, but hopefully this unique, shoot-style match adds some life into this feud.
Cameron Grimes might be the most underrated wrestler on the planet.
Indi Hartwell def. Shotzi Blackheart
Indi Hartwell turned in an eye-catching performance, but she needed a little help to capture a huge win over Shotzi Blackheart. Blackheart was firmly in control until a payback-minded Robert Stone made his way to the ring — walking boot and all — and distracted the referee, allowing Aliyah to sweep Blackheart off the top rope. Hartwell took advantage, landing a massive facewash kick for the pin.
Keith Lee def. Dominik Dijakovic—Winner Take All.
Dominik Dijakovic looked a bit nervous heading to the ring, almost as if he’s seen this movie before with the rest of us and knows how it ends.
Watching Keith Lee wrestle in the middle of the show just one week after winning a world championship reminds me of how they booked Kofi Kingston when he was WWE champion. Baby steps, I guess.
If Keith Lee wrestled a “Winner Take All” at the exact same time as Cody wrestled the TNT Championship Open Challenge, it would be as shrewd as it is petty.
The NXT logo should be Keith Lee pinning Dominik Dijakovic. At least for as long as Lee is champion.
Timothy Thatcher def. Denzel Dejournette
This was the most offense I’ve ever seen from Denzel Dejournette, but it was all dedicated to 30 seconds of amateur wrestling transitions.
Timothy Thatcher is so unique which does not bode well for him among the one-dimensional administration governing WWE’s main roster.
Io Shirai def. Tegan Nox—NXT Women’s Championship
Tegan Nox rose to the occasion, matching Io Shirai’s unbridled intensity with more of an edge than we’re used to seeing from The Girl with the Shiniest Wizard. Nox elevated her game with creative offense, catching Shirai’s crossbody into a bridging fallaway slam to net a near-fall. But Nox’s attempt at the Shiniest Wizard was snuffed out by Shirai, who countered with a palm strike before hitting her breathtaking moonsault to retain the NXT Women’s Title.
The Genius of the Sky was met by another potential adversary immediately afterward, as Dakota Kai blasted her with a facewash kick atop the stage.