In the latest electrifying edition of NXT, aired just after the groundbreaking Battleground event, Ali appeared surprised amidst a high-octane matchup. This unexpected arrival, which immediately ignited the crowd, occurred just as NXT North American Champion Wes Lee and Tyler Bate triumphed over The Dyad.
Ali's entrance provided a welcome diversion, prompting a brief halt to the match as spectators eagerly absorbed the unfolding drama. As NXT transitioned to a commercial break, the atmosphere remained highly charged. When the action resumed, Ali served as a guest commentator, allowing him to stress his unrestricted mobility as a free agent.
Post-match, a heated exchange erupted at ringside between Ivy Nile, The Creed Brothers, Ava, and The Dyad. The commotion provided the perfect cover for Joe Gacy to launch a stealth attack on Lee. Quick to intervene, Ali stormed the ring, ousting Gacy and garnering enthusiastic "Ali!" chants from the crowd.
The segment ended on a high note, with Ali hoisting the victorious hands of Lee and Bate.
Main Event: Hayes Defends Title
The night's main event was a thrilling display of power and strategy, featuring NXT Champion Carmelo Hayes defending his title against NXT Heritage Cup Champion Noam Dar.
At a crucial juncture in the match, Trick Williams isolated himself following a referee's decision to eject him due to ringside shenanigans by Oro Mensah, Lash Legend, and Jakara Jackson. The tide turned as Dragon Lee and Nathan Frazer appeared to balance the odds.
Hayes secured the win, executing a Nothing But Net leg drop on Dar. The euphoria of Hayes' second successful defense in 48 hours was short-lived. While celebrating his victory on the entranceway, Corbin blindsided him with a brutal attack.
Corbin mercilessly decimated Hayes before hauling him back into the ring for a crowd-silencing End of Days. In sheer defiance, Corbin seized the NXT Title belt, hoisted it triumphantly, and then discarded it on the fallen Hayes.
The episode concluded with Corbin standing tall over the defeated Hayes, inciting a chant of "Bum-ass Corbin!" from the riled-up audience.
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