The Velveteen Dream def. Lio Rush
After having his debut spoiled last week by The Velveteen Dream, NXT newcomer Lio Rush had a rare second chance to make a first impression, and “The Man of the Hour” did not disappoint. The Velveteen Dream made his own impression, meanwhile, using the match as another opportunity to try to get Aleister Black's attention.
Rush slapped the taste out of the Dream’s mouth at the start of the bout, then used mind-blowing speed and agility to dodge the flamboyant Superstar’s attack and rock him with kicks. The lightning-fast exchange thrilled the NXT Universe, which burst into chants of “Lio.”
The Velveteen Dream, however, was not about to let the NXT rookie — a former tag team partner of his on the independent circuit, no less — make a name at his expense. He pounded Rush with a short-arm lariat and a Death Valley bomb before descending from the sky with the Purple Rainmaker elbow drop to claim victory. Afterward, the Dream mocked Black by sitting cross-legged in the center of the ring, the latest attempt by the Dream to incite the Dutch destroyer.