For the first time since undergoing neck surgery in March, Tommaso Ciampa returned to the ring last night.
Ciampa faced Angel Garza in the opening match of last night’s NXT. He was surrounded by the Undisputed Era in the post-match angle, with them giving a USB drive to Mauro Ranallo. When the video on it was played, it was revealed that they had laid out Velveteen Dream backstage.
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Dream was supposed to challenge for Roderick Strong’s NXT North American Championship next week. William Regal announced that Strong would instead defend his title against the winner of Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic, but that set up a triple threat for next week after Strong caused Lee vs. Dijakovic to end in a no contest.
Pete Dunne vs. Damian Priest headlined last night’s episode. New challengers also continued to emerge in the women’s division, with Io Shirai and Tegan Nox joining Rhea Ripley and Bianca Belair in wanting a shot at NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler.
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Jon Moxley vs. PAC set for next week’s AEW Dynamite
Rhea Ripley to face Bianca Belair on next week’s NXT
AEW Tag Team title tournament semifinals set for next week
Triple threat NXT North American title match announced for next week
AEW Dynamite live results: Chris Jericho vs. Darby Allin title match
WWE NXT live results: Tommaso Ciampa returns to the ring
WWE NXT video highlights —
Tommaso Ciampa returns to the ring against Angel Garza
The Undisputed Era lay out Velveteen Dream backstage
Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch vs. Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner
Io Shirai vs. Kayden Carter, Shirai gets confronted by Rhea Ripley
Roderick Strong interrupts Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic
Matt Riddle vs. Bronson Reed
Tegan Nox vs. Taynara Conti, Shayna Baszler interrupts Nox’s post-match interview
Finn Balor’s past is going to become his future
Killian Dain vs. Boa
Pete Dunne vs. Damian Priest
NXT fallout: Pete Dunne says Damian Priest made the two biggest mistakes of his career
NXT fallout: Killian Dain tries to go after Pete Dunne during the episode
NXT fallout: Tegan Nox wants to prove that she’s worthy of a title shot
NXT fallout: Strong is going to pay the price for sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong