To find out who that opponent will be, NXT will be holding a series of Qualifying Matches to pave the way for a Fatal 4-Way Match that will determine the new number one contender. Over the next four weeks, there will be four singles matches. There will be four singles matches to set up a Fatal Four Way Match and the victor will face Andrade Almas. Two of those matches happen tonight. Trent Seven vs. Killian Dain and it's supposed to be Kassius Ohno vs. Velveteen Dream.
Things are about to get interesting around here again as we start the process of crowning a new #1 contender to challenge Andrade Cien Almas for the NXT Title. Vega says we're witnessing the beginning of a historic reign.
Earlier tonight, Lars Sullivan was interviewed about Roderick Strong, who he faces in the tournament. Strong also talks about his family, Lars says he has no family. Also says Strong is a handsome guy, and that ain't him. He's only concerned with the NXT Title in Philadelphia. Winning the title would mean he got to show the entire world that he's the Superstar he always knew he was.
Seven with forearms as he shows the early aggression. First two matches. Trent Seven vs. Seven looks to lift Dain for a slam, but no dice. Seven Star Lariat hits for Trent's own near fall. Seven fails at lifting Dain. Dain hits the Wasteland and a BIG BOY SENTON. Dain with a Vader Bomb for the three count.
Backstage, the Undisputed Era cut a promo about how they're running NXT after winning War Games.
We are back and Adam Cole says they told you. They face off in two weeks. Adam says that they rule the system. Sonya with forearms to Ruby. Deville with another waist lock throw. Riott using strikes to get out of trouble and hits a attractive snap suplex. Ruby with shoulders in the corner. Ohno laughs at Gargano's kicks and hits a back senton.
Deville with a waist lock and she sends Ruby to the mat. Sonya gets Ruby to the mat momentarily.
Ruby gets to the ropes but the referee reminds Ruby there are no rope breaks. She starts in with kicks and strikes. Ruby fights back with forearms but runs into a leaping lariat for two. Ruby with forearms to Sonya. She finally does and hits a desperation STO. Ruby gets on the apron with a shoudler thrust and springboards in with a odd looking facebuster. Nigel does a good job covering it up by talking about her hurt ankle. Sonya takes a powder, so Ruby catches her with a tope suicida. Ruby gets choked out.
- Ember Moon meeting with the media and vows to be the best NXT Women's Champion. Peyton reminds Ember that she pinned Nikki Cross so she deserves a chance to wrestle Ember for the title.
Billie Kay interrupts and she asks Ember who did she pin. The Iconic Duo both want to and they slightly bicker. Ember says it is a dream come true. Billie and Peyton shoo the press away and agree that Peyton will face her next week.
In two weeks, Pete Dunne faces Tyler Bate for the UK Title.
- Quick history lesson on the WWE UK Title.
A vignette airs showing the silhouette of a man.
Next week, Aleister Black faces Adam Cole in a Number One Contender's Qualifier. Also, Ember Moon meets Peyton Royce.
The fans are hype for this. Gargano and Ohno spend the first minute or so soaking in the response. Crowd is absolutely on FIRE for this match as they shake hands. Ohno with a back senton and Gargano goes to the apron. Ohno grounds him to escape but ends up back in the wristlock. Ohno trips him, ducks under a leap frog and leaps over Johnny. Gargano gets sent to the apron and he goes for his slingshot spear. Ohno blocks it and drapes him on the ropes, hitting a big forearm.
We are back and Ohno kicks Gargano in the corner. Ohno with a chop and a snap mare followed by a knee drop. Side kick by Johnny. He slips out of a suplex and hits a few clotheslines that don't do much. He tries a pescado but Ohno slides in. Johnny delivers the slingshot spear successfully for two. Ohno kicks him into next week. Ohno knocks Johnny off the apron with a big boot. He looks to dive but Johnny slide in. Gargano with a suicide dive into a tornado DDT on the ramp. Ohno sets for a plancha but Gargano gets back into the ring.
Gargano sends Ohno back into the ring and he hits a running enzuigiri but Ohno with a cyclone kick for a near fall. The fans chant for both men. Massive elbow in the corner from Ohno. He gets him up in the Electric Chair, but Johnny elbows free. Ohno working over the jaw region of Gargano that's thankfully not made of glass. Ohno tries the rolling elbow but Johnny kicks him. He hits two more and uses a flying headscissors to apply the Gargano Escape.
The two men share a moment of respect after the match.