In a recent thrilling episode of "WWE NXT," a surprise match orchestrated by the evening's "guest general manager," Cody Rhodes, witnessed Ilja Dragunov prevailing over NXT North American Champion Dominik Mysterio, thus retaining his coveted NXT Championship title.
Adding a twist to the dramatic tableau, Cody Rhodes appointed WWE SmackDown superstar LA Knight as the guest referee, a move destined to play a pivotal role in the night's proceedings. The match was spectacular, with a slew of interferences marking critical junctures.
Rhea Ripley made a conspicuous attempt to distract LA Knight, which provided Mysterio with an opportune moment to incapacitate Dragunov with a sly thumb to the eye momentarily. But the interference didn't end there. The audience gasped as Finn Balor and JD McDonagh intervened towards the match's climax.
McDonagh, however, was met with a Blunt Force Trauma, leaving the arena ringing with the echoes of the impact.
Chaos Breeds Victory
The melee outside the ring continued to escalate when Ripley, in a bid to assault Dragunov with a championship title, missed her mark and found herself in the consoling grasp of Trick Williams, who was stationed ringside.
Amidst the whirlpool of distractions, Dragunov seized the moment, pinning Mysterio to the mat, as LA Knight, with a gesture of endorseChampion'sed the NXT Champion’s hand in a victorious salute at the centre of the ring.
The adrenaline-charged atmosphere further in Corbin'sd when Baron Corbin's ominous music resonated through the venue, heralding his entrance. As he approached the ring with a seemingly challenging intent towards Dragunov, Dijak made a startling appearance, delivering a robust kick to the distracted champion.
As Corbin and Dijak faced off outside the ring, Dijak taunted Corbin with a claim on Dragunov. Later in the episode, CCody Rhodes spiced up the narrative by announcing a #1 contender's match for the forthcoming week's NXT episode, pitting Corbin, Dijak, and the winner of the week's main event between Carmelo Hayes and Bron Breakker against each other, thus ensuring the continuation of high-octane drama in the WWE NXT saga.