WWE NXT Recap (9/19/23) – NXT Titles Scenes Heat Up

A shot from the WWE NXT broadcast featuring Becky Lynch.

WWE NXT this week was an intriguing one as the No Mercy PLE appears on the horizon. With just over a week until the trip to Bakersfield, California, the NXT talent looked to put their best foot forward and gain all the momentum they could. Here is all that happened this week.

NXT Titles Scene Proves To Be Volatile

As NXT commentator Vic Joseph said before the match even began, “Someone’s ego [was] about to get bruised” when NXT Champion, Carmelo Hayes, and NXT North American Champion, Dominik Mysterio, clashed in their champ vs. champ match-up. Women’s World Champion, Rhea Ripley, appears to still be out on injury and was not in ‘Dirty’ Dom’s corner. NXT Championship number one contender Ilja Dragunov, however, was out at ringside on commentary and watching the action closely.

As the action spilled to the outside, Dragunov was inadvertently roped into the action when Mysterio was thrown into him. ‘Dirty’ Dom took advantage of this moment by sending Hayes into Dragunov, which only made him more incensed. Dragunov ultimately got directly involved, seemingly resulting in a no-contest. Dragon Lee also comes out and beats down Mysterio.

It seems that WWE NXT’s A-Championship will need to be decided some other time. It was announced later on in the show that Hayes and Dragunov would have their No Mercy match contract signing take place next week.

Becky Lynch Teams Up With Lyra Valkyria

Becky Lynch opened up this week’s edition of WWE NXT, or “N-Bex-T” as she is calling it. Lynch once again reiterates her willingness to be a fighting champion and take on all the worthy challengers from the women’s division. Before she could even go further, Tiffany Stratton made her way to the ring and let the new champion know she appreciates the flowers but she will most certainly be getting her rematch.

That rematch was later confirmed to be set for the No Mercy PLE but, before that, ‘The Man’ would have some business to handle on this week’s NXT. Lynch and Stratton got physical with one another but Kiana James soon made her presence felt. The newly-minted champion manages to fend the pair off with an assist from a chair but, in a backstage segment, it was agreed that she would take on both Stratton and James in a two-on-one handicap match in the main event of the evening.

As Lynch makes her way to the ring, Stratton and James attack her but help for ‘The Man’ comes in the form of Lyra Valkyria. This is a contentious match with Stratton and James looking to capitalize but the tag team of Lynch and Valkyria proves to be a formidable one. To close it off, Lynch and Valkyria work well together to eventually pick up the pinfall victory.

Post-match, Stratton grabs a steel chair and unloads on both Valkyria and Lynch, with a majority of her focus on the champion. Lynch eventually gets on the mic and says that their match at No Mercy will be an Extreme Rules match.

Elsewhere on the show, Jacy Jayne took Thea Hail shopping and a “new Thea Hail” was promised to debut next week. Butch defeated Tyler Bate to come out as the victor of Group A in the NXT Global Heritage Invitational Tournament and make it to the finals set to take place next week. Group B proved to be a bit more complex as Duke Hudson defeated Joe Coffey, resulting in the group having a three-way tie between the two and Nathan Frazer.

They would settle this in a triple-threat match which would see Coffey ultimately come out on top in the highly contentious battle.

Roxanne Perez managed to come out on top in her match-up against Lola Vice. Eddy Thorpe and Donovan Dijak are set to have their rubber match soon, and it will be a strap match (date yet to be confirmed). Schism tries to enlist Trick Williams but, when this fails, Joe Gacy leaves Williams with a parting thought. In a backstage interview, Mustafa Ali called into question Dragon Lee’s challenge for the NXT North American Championship next week on Raw and seems to be ready to make an appearance on the show himself.

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