The main focus to tonight’s episode of NXT was Adam Cole’s betrayal of Kyle O’Reilly when the Panama City Playboy superkicked him (and Finn Bálor) at last Sunday’s TakeOver: Vengeance Day.
The show opened with a distraught Kyle O’Reilly demanding answers from Cole. He admitted that he was angry and hurt, but at the same time, Adam was his brother, and he wants to hear him out. He wants to give him that.
However, Cole didn’t answer Kyle’s call.
Instead Roddy Strong came out, but O’Reilly didn’t want to hear anything from him. In fact, he confessed that he doesn’t even trust Strong because after Sunday, he doesn’t know who to trust.
Finn Bálor also inserted himself into all of this, looking for answers himself. That included some unfinished business with KOR, who he trusted on Sunday.
The Kings of NXT didn’t let this all play out, instead used the opportunity to attack all three men, setting up a 6-man tag main event.
The match tested the loyalty of Kyle, who preferred to tag in Finn Bálor instead of Roddy Strong. It also gave Adam Cole a chance to double down on his betrayal.
Towards the end of the bout, Bálor accidentally drop kicked Pete Dunne into the referee, who was busy trying to prevent Danny Burch from introducing the NXT title into the ring. When the ref down, Finn decided to deliver the Coup de Grace anyway. That’s when Cole ran down and knocked him off the top turnbuckle onto the referee, who was trying to get up. He then delivered a suplex to O’Reilly on the ring steps (that probably hurt him more than Kyle).
Roddy laid out Burch, who was still looking to use the NXT title as a weapon. He went to check on a recovering Finn, but not seeing who it was, Bálor connected with a Pelé kick to the Undisputed member. This gave Pete Dunne an opening to deliver the Bitter End to the champ for the win.
After match, when it looked like Adam had peaced, he sneaked back into the ring to deliver another superkick to the NXT champ. The final image of the show was Cole holding the NXT gold.
This didn’t give us any new answers. It does reinforces the fact that Adam Cole is targeting O’Reilly. Sunday wasn’t just an emotional action, or if it was, Cole decide to go with it. But we still don’t know where Roddy Strong stands. After being spurned by Kyle and Pelé’d by Finn (though by accident), that’ll probably drive him to Team Adam.
Meanwhile, Dunne pinned the champ, perhaps setting up another title match. Cole is certainly getting a match against Bálor at one point. And Kyle will surely face Cole. Maybe this will all start with a fatal 4-way before the feuds break off.
You can find the results from tonight’s episode at the live blog here.