– The WarGames go-home edition of WWE NXT 2.0 opens up on the USA Network with Vic Joseph welcoming us. He’s joined at ringside by Wade Barrett and WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix. We see the two Women’s WarGames teams walking backstage – Team Gonzalez (Raquel Gonzalez, Io Shirai, Cora Jade, Kay Lee Ray) and Team Kai (Dakota Kai, NXT Women’s Champion Mandy Rose, NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne). The two teams meet backstage and start brawling out into the ringside area.
Women’s WarGames Advantage Ladder Match: Dakota Kai vs. Kay Lee Ray
Kay Lee Ray and Dakota Kai brawl towards the ring and now in the ring as the referee calls for the bell. Ray sends Kai back to the floor and leaps from the top to take her down on the floor for a “holy shit!” chant. The winner of this match will earn the WarGames advantage for her team on Sunday.
Fans chant for tables as Ray brings another ladder from under the ring. Ray rams Kai into the barrier with the ladder, then smashes her again with another superkick. Fans chant “one more time!” Ray goes for the Gory Bomb into the apron but Kai counters and breaks free. Ray chases Kai back into the ring, then back out. Kai counters at ringside after baiting her in, then plants her face-first into the edge of the steel ring steps with a modified DDT.
Fans chant “holy shit!” again and the referee checks on Ray. Kai brings another ladder out as fans chant for NXT. Ray turns it back around at ringside and sends Kai into the steps. Ray slides a ladder into the ring and stands it up. Kai pulls the ladder back to the floor but Ray nails a suicide dive, sending Kai into the announce table. Ray lifts Kai and slams her on top of the ladder at ringside.
Ray brings a ladder back in and stands it up as fans chant “this is awesome!” now. Ray goes to climb up but Kai pulls her off and beats her down. Kai climbs for the briefcase but Ray sends her to the mat and works her over. Kai with more offense after a comeback, then the big running boot to the face in the corner. Kai stands up a ladder under the briefcase but goes back over to Ray to send her into the turnbuckles. Kai stomps and puts a boot to Ray’s face in the corner.
Ray turns it back around and plants Kai into the mat. Ray goes to the top turnbuckle but Kai nails a big boot. Kai with another big kick to hang Ray upside down from the top, hanging out towards the floor. Kai follows up with a big top rope stomp to send Ray crashing to the floor. Fans chant “holy shit!” as we go back to commercial with both competitors down at ringside, Kai smiling.
Back from the picture-in-picture break and Kai has been focusing on Ray’s knee. Kai sends Ray back to the floor and follows. Ray ducks a right hand and drives her into the announce table with the KLR Bomb. Ray returns to the ring and climbs for the briefcase. Kai rushes back in and they trade big right hands at the top of the ladder. Kai knocks Ray to the mat.
Kai reaches up and gets her hands on the briefcase but she struggles with it. Ray gets back up and grabs her foot but Kai kicks her to the mat. Kai climbs back up but delivers a big double stomp to the mat. Fans chant “holy shit!” again. Kai climbs back up for the briefcase but Ray grabs her foot and pulls her down, leaving her hanging upside down on the ladder. Ray uses Kai to climb up the ladder but Kai sends her back to the mat.
Ray kicks Kai in the jaw, knocking her from the upside down position to the mat. Ray climbs up and grabs the briefcase, retrieving it for the win and the WarGames advantage.
Winner: Kay Lee Ray
– After the match, KLR stands tall on the ladder as the music hits. Her team, along with the injured Zoey Stark, are shown backstage celebrating. We also see Kai’s team watching backstage and they are not happy. KLR raises the briefcase high up on the ladder as we go to replays. KLR continues celebrating to end the segment.
– We see how Cameron Grimes challenged Duke Hudson to the Hair vs. Hair match at WarGames last week, and how he was later insulted by Andre Chase backstage. We see a video from earlier this week with Chase ranting about how Grimes tried embarrassing him in front of his students, and that behavior will not be tolerated. Chase said Grimes is about to receive an Andre Chase University-sized ass whooping. We go back to commercial.
– Back from the break and The Grizzled Young Veterans are trying to break into someone’s locker when Ikemen Jiro interrupts. They hush him and tell him this is a very sensitive operation. Kushida then interrupts and they won’t keep quiet. Brooks Jensen and Josh Briggs walk up and ask what The Grizzled Young Vets are doing as this is their locker. James Drake and Zack Gibson hurry away. Jensen and Briggs ask Kushida and Jiro what GYV were doing.
Cameron Grimes vs. Andre Chase
We go back to the ring and Cameron Grimes is out as Andre Chase waits. The bell rings and they go at it. Chase avoids a takedown but Grimes nails an arm drag and tells him to kiss his grits. Grimes mounts offense and sends Chase into the turnbuckles.
Grimes keeps control until Chase delivers a cheap shot to take over. Chase with a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Chase works Grimes over and talks some trash while playing to the crowd, focusing on his Andre Chase University Students Section in the crowd. Chase stomps away now to keep Grimes down. Chase with a big stomp to keep Grimes down.
Grimes blocks a shot and goes to work on Chase as fans cheer him on. Grimes goes to fly from the top but Chase counters and Grimes has to put the brakes on. Grimes comes right back with the Cave-In in the middle of the ring for the pin to win.
Winner: Cameron Grimes
– After the match, Grimes stands tall as the music hits. We go to replays. Hudson appears on the platform above the crowd and congratulates Grimes on his last victory with a head of hair. Hudson knows a guy who knows some computer wizardry, and we see some Photoshopped images of what Grimes might look like with different hairstyles. Hudson goes on and fans boo him. Hudson talks more trash and says on Sunday he will take Grimes’ hair, beard, and then give him a real reason to cry. Grimes exits the ring and brings Chase back in. Grimes grabs a pair of scissors from the toolbox under the ring and gets ready to trim Chase, but one of Chase’s students pulls him to safety. Grimes takes the mic and looks up at Hudson, and promises to shave him bald at WarGames.
– The announcers reveal that fan voting on the WWE website has determined that Johnny Gargano will represent Team Old School in tonight’s Men’s WarGames Advantage Ladder Match. We see Team New School walking backstage now. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we get a vignette for Edris Enofe ahead of his brand in-ring debut tonight. He says people tried to mold him into what he would be. He was told he’d never make it out of Inglewood, California as a kid. He dealt with the struggles and the doubters, everyone wanting him to fail but he signed up to give 5 years in the U.S. Navy, where he was later told he had accomplished all he could. He was then once again surrounded by doubters, wanting him to fail. He goes on about how he and his first NXT opponent, Solo Sikoa are not very different as they both fought in the streets to survive. Enofe says he will prove his doubters wrong tonight, and he strives to be the epitome of excellence.
– We go back to the ring and Samantha Irvin is out with Team New School (Bron Breakker, NXT North American Champion Carmelo Hayes, Tony D’Angelo, Grayson Waller). She brings up how Johnny Gargano has been voted to represent Team Old School in the WarGames Advantage Ladder Match tonight. Hayes takes the mic and cuts a promo on Gargano. Hayes isn’t asking Gargano to share, just give him the plate because he is the A Champion. Hayes says when he shoots he doesn’t miss. Waller speaks next and goes on about “hot dogs and handshakes” and how Team New School has slapped Team Old School in the face, and put it on social media because that’s what a good sports entertainer does. Waller goes on ranting until Breakker takes the mic. Breakker has words for Ciampa and says he’s coming for the NXT Title after Team New School wins at WarGames. D’Angelo cuts a promo next and says Team Old School better bring their best this Sunday because they will need it.
Irvin gets a drum roll to reveal who will represent Team New School in tonight’s WarGames Advantage Ladder Match. It will be Breakker, confirming Gargano vs. Breakker in tonight’s main event. Breakker says he will gladly fight… Gargano interrupts, making his way out with a mic. Gargano talks trash about Team New School as a “Johnny Wrestling!” chant starts up.
Gargano says Team New School wouldn’t have a ring to stand in if it wasn’t for guys like him. He calls Bron the “Big Bad Booty Nephew Himself” and points to how he came out here alone. Gargano tells Bron to prove he’s a man by leaving his teammates in the back. Gargano says they want Breakker vs. Gargano one-on-one in a Ladder Match, man-to-man, what do you say? Breakker says he will gladly leave his team backstage and kick Gargano’s ass. The music starts up as Breakker yells at Gargano from the ring.
– Von Wagner and Kyle O’Reilly are warming up backstage. McKenzie Mitchell interviews Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza now, and they are confident about becoming the new #1 contenders tonight, and then becoming the new NXT Tag Team Champions at WarGames by defeating Imperium. Santos Escobar speaks up with some words of encouragement, telling them that history is written by the victors, so go out there and show how it’s done by writing your next chapter. Elektra Lopez says after WarGames, Legado del Fantasma will be draped in gold. Legado del Fantasma heads out as we go back to a commercial.
– Back from the break and “The Adventures of MSK” continues with a new vignette as Wes Lee and Nash Carter are still searching for their shaman. They’re driving a car and GPS tells them they’ve finally reached the destination, and the shaman is inside. They get out and are excited about finally making it here. They’re nervous about going in but they knock on the door and are blinded by a bright light when the door opens. We see a shadow but can’t make out who the person is. They’re shocked as they look at each other and declare, “It’s him!” The segment ends.
#1 Contender’s Match: Legado del Fantasma vs. Kyle O’Reilly and Von Wagner
We go back to the ring as Von Wagner and Kyle O’Reilly look on while Legado del Fantasma’s Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde wrap their entrance. Santos Escobar and Elektra Lopez are watching from ringside. The winners of this match will challenge NXT Tag Team Champions Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner of Imperium at WarGames.
The bell rings and Mendoza locks up with Wagner. Wagner sends him into the corner and they have some words. Mendoza grabs Von’s arm and goes to work on him. Mendoza with chops and kicks. Von misses in the corner and Mendoza kicks him from the apron. More back and forth now. Von catches a kick and levels Mendoza with a flying shoulder for a pop. Kyle tags in and works on Mendoza but Wilde tags in for a few double team moves.
Wilde covers for 2, and another quick pin attempt. Wilde levels Kyle with an elbow to the face for another 2 count, and another. Mendoza tags back in and mounts more offense on Kyle to dominate. Kyle blocks a roll-up and takes Mendoza into an arm submission into a 2 count. Kyle kicks Mendoza away, then tags in Von. Kyle and Mendoza tangle before Von assists with a double team power move. Von keeps control for a 2 count.
Xyon Quinn comes walking down to ringside, staring over at Lopez as she stands next to Escobar near the announcers. The match continues in the ring as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Wilde has control of Kyle in the ring. Quinn walks over to Lopez at ringside as they lock eyes. Quinn turns around and rocks Escobar to prevent an attack, then they brawl away from the ringside area as Lopez follows. Kyle fights Wilde off in the ring but Wilde takes advantage of a distraction by Mendoza, then nails a dropkick. Mendoza and Wilde with double team offense on Kyle in the corner now, taking turns.
Wilde tags back in and launches himself over the top rope, taking Kyle back down for another close 2 count. Wilde with more offense before Mendoza tags back in. Mendoza runs into a big boot in the corner. Wilde fights back but Wagner levels him with a big boot on the apron. Mendoza blocks a kick but O’Reilly still connects and tags in Wagner. Wagner comes in and runs wild on Mendoza. Von with a big powerslam to Mendoza, then a Facebuster to Wilde. Von slams Mendoza once again in the middle of the ring for a 2 count. Von charges on Mendoza in the corner but Mendoza sends him face-first into the turnbuckles.
Mendoza with a springboard missile dropkick to Wagner as fans chant “NXT!” now. Wilde and O’Reilly tag in at the same time and they go at it, trading big strikes in the middle of the ring. O’Reilly with kicks and punches. Wilde rocks him with a forearm to the jaw. Wilde gets the upperhand with a big DDT in the middle of the ring. Wilde slaps Von while he waits on the apron, angering the big man. Von comes in but the referee holds him back. Kyle is double teamed now but Von sacrifices himself to turn it back around. O’Reilly and Wagner hit the Total Elimination to Wilde for the pin to win and become the new #1 contenders for WarGames.
Winners and New #1 Contenders: Von Wagner and Kyle O’Reilly
– After the match, Wagner and O’Reilly vs. NXT Tag Team Champions Imperium is official for WarGames. The babyfaces stand tall as the music hits and we go to replays.
– Still to come, Gargano vs. Breakker in the Men’s WarGames Advantage Ladder Match.
– McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with NXT Tag Team Champions Imperium. They are confident about WarGames but Kyle O’Reilly and Von Wagner quickly interrupt. Kyle says this team of misfits is one step away from winning the titles. Wagner says they will see Imperium at WarGames, and calls them dumbasses.
– We get a quick video package for Joe Gacy and his All-Inclusive Invitational. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we get a new Tiffany Stratton vignette. Stratton is shopping and going on about how she’s been daddy’s princess since she was born. He said she should drive the hottest cars, shop at the hottest boutiques, and wear the best clothes. Who looks at price tags anyway? Those are just a bunch of numbers. She says Black Friday and Cyber Monday don’t exist at the stores she shops at. Stratton says her father told her she can be anything she wants, and she wants to be a NXT Superstar. Stratton is “coming soon” to NXT.
Joe Gacy’s All-Inclusive Invitational
We go back to the ring for Joe Gacy’s All-Inclusive Invitational, his warm-up before facing NXT Cruiserweight Champion Roderick Strong at WarGames. Harland is standing behind Gacy, and there are three enhancement talents waiting – two male wrestlers, one female wrestler. Gacy talks about how this looks like the future of their NXT Cruiserweight division, when The Diamond Mine has created a toxic and unrealistic environment. Gacy says in his world, there will be no more height requirement or weight shaming that prevents greatness, no more gender bias that stands in the way of progression. Gacy says tonight he invited these competitors to give him his best in front of the world as he prepares to dethrone Strong at NXT War Games… no, NXT Conflict Resolution. Gacy asks us to sit back, relax and enjoy this glimpse at their future.
The bell rings and Gacy locks up with the first man, Vinnie Pacifico. Gacy gets the upperhand but they tangle and the man mounts some offense. Gacy levels the guy and beats him into the corner. Gacy with a corner splash and a big powerslam. Gacy with a powerbomb to pin the first opponent. Gacy has his arm raised as the music hits. Gacy grabs the first victim and hugs him while smiling.
Gacy takes the mic and says he would love to give this young lady an opportunity. The woman steps through the ropes and the bell rings. Before they can lock up, the music of The Diamond Mine hits. Malcolm Bivens comes out with Strong, The Creed Brothers, Hachiman and Ivy Nile. Bivens says this spectacle was not needed, but how about some real competition. Bivens says this is actually history because it’s the first and last Joe Gacy Invitational as The Diamond Mine will shut Gacy up for good on Sunday.
Gacy says Bivens’ aggression is not needed, but he does respect his passion. Gacy asks Bivens to leave his people at ringside, but allow him to speak with Strong in the ring. Strong and Bivens enter the ring now and Bivens says Gacy has messed up. Gacy asks Strong if he always has Bivens peaking for him. Strong rocks Gacy out of nowhere and levels him. We get a handspring clothesline. The Creed Brothers enter the ring but Harland pulls Gacy to safety. Harland and Gacy stand together at ringside, Harland seething while Gacy smiles. The Creed Brothers tend to Strong.
– McKenzie is backstage with Solo Sikoa, asking about tonight’s match with Edris Enofe. Solo gets what Enofe said earlier, but this isn’t the Navy and it’s not Inglewood. Solo goes on about their match but Boa interrupts. Boa rants and Solo says he doesn’t understand Boa or his language. Solo walks off and we go to commercial.
Edris Enofe vs. Solo Sikoa
Back from the break and out comes Solo Sikoa to a pop. NXT newcomer Edris Enofe is out next after winning his debut over Malik Blade on WWE 205 Live two weeks ago. Enofe heads to the ring as Alicia Taylor does the introductions.
The bell rings and fans chant “Solo!” as they lock up. Enofe with a headlock. Solo drops him with a shoulder. They lock up again and Solo works on the arm. Robert Stone comes walking down to watch from ringside, taking notes on a pad.
Solo fights off Enofe and works him over. Solo kicks Enofe’s leg out and nails a splash in the middle of the ring. Enofe kicks out at 2. Solo stomps to keep Enofe down on the mat. Enofe fights up to his feet but Solo elbows him in the back of the head. Solo catches a crossbody and nails a big Uranage in the middle of the ring. Enofe kicks out at 2 as fans bark for Solo. Solo keeps Enofe down with more offense. Enofe counters a move and nails a running kick to the face, then a standing 450 for a 2 count. Enofe with more offense on the mat for a 2 count.
Solo shoves Enofe away and levels him with a kick. Solo with kicks and punches now. Solo with a back-fist and more kicks. Solo with a senton in the middle of the ring for a 2 count. More back and forth now. Enofe beats Solo into the corner, then staggers him with a dropkick. Enofe with a running high knee in the corner. Enofe with a crossbody from the top but he doesn’t go for the pin.
Enofe drops Solo with a DDT as fans rally. Enofe goes back to the top as fans chant for Solo. Enofe flies but has to roll through as Solo moves. Solo comes right back with a big Samoan Drop. Solo goes back to the top and hits the Superfly Splash for the pin to win.
Winner: Solo Sikoa
– After the match, Solo stands tall as the music hits but Boa immediately attacks with kicks. Boa applies the death grip to Solo but Enofe makes the save from behind. Boa fights Enofe and retreats just in time to dodge a superkick from Solo. Boa heads to the back as Solo helps Enofe back to his feet.
– Persia Pirotta and Indi Hartwell are backstage. Indi gets a phone call from the hospital, and a doctor tells her that her husband Dexter Lumis is gone. Indie is worried now. Persia wonders if she’s going to have to do what she did two weeks ago, work a Handicap Match. Indi says no and Persia tells her Dexter will be fine, but their match is next. Persia rushes them out of the room as we go to commercial.
– Back from the break and a camera man catches up with Xyon Quinn outside in the parking lot, asking how the fight with Santos Escobar ended. Quinn says the fight didn’t end, it’s just begun, he prefers to say. Elektra Lopez approaches and says she wishes Quinn wouldn’t fight with Legado del Fantasma, but she admires someone who marches to the beat of their own drum. Lopez wishes Quinn good luck in next week’s match against Escobar, and says he’s going to need it. Lopez walks off and Quinn walks to his car.
– We get a Progressive-sponsored video package looking at the love between Indi Hartwell and Dexter Lumis, and how Lumis was injured by Trick Williams and NXT North American Champion Carmelo Hayes, putting him out for more than one month.
Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta vs. Yulisa Leon and Valentina Feroz
We go back to the ring as Persia Pirotta and Indi Hartwell are already out. Their opponents are also out, Yulisa Leon and Valentina Feroz.
The bell rings and Indi goes at it with Feroz. Feroz unloads on Indi and takes her down, then goes to work on the leg with aggressive offense. Indi kicks her away but the tag is made to Leon. Feroz holds Indi as Leon nails a missile dropkick from the top. Leon nails a moonsault but doesn’t go for the pin. Indi is grounded in a single-leg Crab now.
Persia finally gets the tag and unloads on both opponents. Persia scoops Leon and slams her into the corner with Snake eyes, then dominates by herself and plants her face-first off her shoulders with a modified TKO for the pin to win.
Winners: Persia Pirotta and Indi Hartwell
– After the match, Pirotta and Hartwell stand tall as the music hits. Indi looks disappointed but Persia is all smiles as their arms are raised in victory.
– The announcers hype the card for Sunday’s NXT WarGames event.
Men’s WarGames Advantage Ladder Match: Johnny Gargano vs. Bron Breakker
We go back to the ring for tonight’s main event, the Men’s WarGames Advantage Ladder Match. Johnny Gargano is out first to represent Team Old School. We go back to commercial.
Back from the break and we get a vignette from Draco Anthony. He’s sitting at a table, with what appears to be a cup of coffee, and says those who talk the most usually don’t have much to say, but NXT is different as it has a locker room full of stars who back it up. Draco says he’s not going to talk, just show us. He’s not what NXT wants, he’s what NXT needs. He is Draco Anthony and his actions speak louder than your words. We go back to the ring for tonight’s main event as Bron Breakker makes his way out. The bell rings and Breakker sends Gargano to the corner, then poses some to show off.
They lock up and Breakker applies a headlock. Gargano breaks out and runs a circle around Breakker to take control. Bron drops Gargano with a shoulder, then rolls him around the mat with a takedown. Bron with a long vertical suplex now as fans bark for him. Bron slams Gargano to the mat and shows off some more. Bron with shoulder thrusts in the corner. Bron keeps control until Gargano sends him tot he floor, then launches himself over the top rope for a takedown on the floor. Gargano goes to the entrance-way and grabs the ladder but Bron decks him from behind. Bron works Gargano over and sends him into the edge of the apron. Bron brings a ladder to the apron but has to stop and block Gargano with a steel shot to the face.
Breakker stands the ladder up and stops Gargano from climbing for the briefcase. Gargano unloads with strikes but Bron powers through him with a powerslam to the mat, knocking him out of mid-air. Breakker sends Gargano to the floor and stands the ladder back up. Gargano comes back with a slingshot Spear. Gargano climbs the ladder but Bron pulls him back down. Gargano kicks Bron under the ladder and shoves it over on him.
Gargano looks up at the briefcase as fans rally for him. Instead Gargano runs the ropes and nails a suicide dive to send Breakker over the announce table. We go to a picture-in-picture commercial as fans chant for NXT and Gargano.
Back from the break and Bron is climbing the ladder, but so is Gargano. They meet at the top of the ladder and trade big right hands as fans go along. Bron knocks Gargano to the mat. Gargano shoves the ladder over and Bron lands hard, falling to the floor. Gargano goes to stand the ladder up but Bron runs in and shoulder tackles the ladder into Gargano, then knocks it onto him. Fans chant “this is awesome!” now. Bron goes for a belly-to-belly suplex onto a leaning ladder but Gargano fights him off. Bron grabs him again and launches him onto the leaning ladder with a big overhead throw. Gargano lands hard and fans chant “holy shit!” now.
Gargano is still laying on the leaning ladder from the overhead throw. Bron goes to the turnbuckles and flies with a big elbow drop to the ladder that is leaning onto the middle rope, but Gargano moves and Breakker crashes into the steel of the ladder. Gargano puts the ladder on the top turnbuckle now. Bron rocks him and shoves him into the end of the ladder but Gargano blocks it. Gargano baits Bron in and sends him face-first into the end of the ladder that is sticking out of the corner. Bron goes down hard and clutches his jaw.
The ladder is laying across the top rope in the corner now. Bron works Gargano over on top of the ladder. Bron walks with the ladder on his shoulders now, with Gargano on top of the ladder. Gargano gets free and connects with superkicks. Bron talks some trash and keeps coming so Gargano nails another superkick to put him down. Gargano hobbles to capitalize but Bron rams him into the corner, delivering shoulder thrusts. Bron takes Gargano to the top for a superplex, stopping to drop his straps.
Breakker nails a big Frankensteiner for a pop. Fans chant “NXT!” now while both Superstars are down. Bron stands the ladder up under the briefcase as fans chant “this is awesome!” again. Gargano meets Bron and they trade punches. Bron counters and presses Gargano high above his head but Gargano turns it into a DDT. Gargano and Bron climb to the top of the ladder now. They trade strikes up high.
Gargano slams the briefcase into Bron’s face, then sends him all the way down to the mat. Gargano is dazed up top, allowing Bron to pull him down to the mat. Gargano lands hard and ends up on the floor. Bron climbs back up the ladder and retrieves the briefcase to win the advantage for Team New School in WarGames.
Winner: Bron Breakker
– After the match, Breakker stands tall up high on the ladder with the briefcase as the music hits. We go to replays. NXT North American Champion Carmelo Hayes, Trick Williams, Grayson Waller and Tony D’Angelo rush the ring and stand tall as Bron looks on from the ladder. NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa, LA Knight, and Pete Dunne suddenly rush the ring as a big brawl breaks out. Gargano and Breakker also get involved. Team Old School brawls with Team New School as the WarGames go-home edition of NXT goes off the air.