Andrade “Cien” Almas def. Roderick Strong
Andrade “Cien” Almas entered the main event against Roderick Strong intent on proving his worth as an NXT Title contender. Strong, on the other hand, was dealing with issues of his own: Namely, how to handle The Undisputed ERA’s seeming interest in having him join their ranks.
“Cien” and The Messiah of the Backbreaker went at each other hammer-and-tongs, and their world-class grappling prowess was on display as they looked to outmaneuver one another.
Late in the contest, Strong gained an advantage by clotheslining Almas to the floor, but upon tossing Almas back into the ring, he became the target of a surprise attack from Almas’ manager, Zelina Vega, behind the referee’s back. Vega leapt off the apron with a hurricanrana that sent Strong face-first into the steel ring steps, proving she possesses much more than just business savvy. Almas capitalized on the assist, drilling Strong with a hammerlock DDT for the three-count.
Following the match, Zelina and Almas stormed the announce desk and accused Drew McIntyre of being afraid of Almas’ challenge. Meanwhile, as Strong gathered himself inside the ring, Adam Cole, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly entered the scene and gave Strong an Undisputed ERA armband, with Cole telling Strong that he is “not a loser” and that he “needs to be a part of us.”
With the pivotal loss to Almas still fresh in his mind, is Strong now one step closer to accepting The Undisputed ERA’s offer?