With NXT making Atlanta's Center Stage its home for the night, Triple H reflects on the first time he stepped foot in the building, as well as the role Center Stage played in the evolution of sports-entertainment.01/10/2018 - 18:00
Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly def. Aleister Black & Roderick Strong to retain the NXT Tag Team Titles
NXT Tag Team Champions Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly were scheduled to defend their titles against former titleholders SAnitY, but WWE cameras caught Undisputed ERA laying out Dain, Eric Young & Alexander Wolfe in the locker room area prior to the bout. The attack rendered SAnitY unable to compete, and O’Reilly & Fish, along with Adam Cole, took it upon themselves to brag about their actions in the middle of the ring. An enraged Nikki Cross tried to claw her way toward the faction, but NXT officials prevented the psychotic Scot from doing so.
Infuriated by Undisputed ERA’s actions, NXT General Manager William Regal stated that O’Reilly & Fish would still defend the championships, paving the way for Roderick Strong and Aleister Black — two of the ERA's toughest rivals — to enter the scene and forge a makeshift team.
With Regal's blessing, a new but equally thrilling NXT Tag Team Title Match was made official on the spot. The Dutch destroyer took the fight to O’Reilly at the start, but Fish interjected behind the ref’s back, turning the tide in the champions’ favor. Undisputed ERA utilized quick tags to methodically work over Black until the gifted striker broke free and tagged in Strong, setting off a rapid series of moves by The Messiah of the Backbreaker.
As Strong & Black continued mounting a comeback, Cole made his presence felt, taking a cheap shot at Black. The Panama City Playboy hightailed it up the bleachers in Center Stage, and Black gave chase, leaving Strong to fend for himself against Fish & O’Reilly. Moments later, the champions wiped out Strong with Total Elimination to claim victory. Black raced into the ring but was overpowered by Undisputed ERA’s numbers advantage. Cole then added insult to injury, sending Black crashing onto a steel chair.
Though Cole was all smiles after Undisputed ERA’s beatdown on Black, his demeanor changed when Regal reappeared and revealed that Cole will meet Black in an Extreme Rules Match at NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia on Saturday, Jan. 27. What kind of extreme retribution could await Cole in The City of Brotherly Love?