Roderick Strong def. Danny Burch

Danny Burch vs. Roderick Strong: WWE NXT, June 6, 2018

Before their teams collide at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, Danny Burch battles NXT Tag Team Champion Roderick Strong in singles action. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

With his and Oney Lorcan’s NXT Tag Team Title Match against Undisputed ERA at TakeOver: Chicago fast approaching, Danny Burch sought to score an important momentum-builder against NXT Tag Team Champion Roderick Strong in singles competition. The encounter was every bit as hard-hitting as one would expect, and The Messiah of the Backbreaker controlled much of the action, snuffing out Burch’s flurries of offense throughout the contest.

The Brit rallied, eventually nailing Strong with a humongous lariat, at which point Undisputed ERA members Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly jumped on the apron to distract him. That brought out Lorcan and WWE U.K. Champion Pete Dunne, who engaged Cole & O’Reilly in a brawl on the floor. 

Moments later, Burch locked in a crossface, but he released the hold to clobber Cole when The Panama City Playboy – after running Lorcan into the steel ring steps – again climbed onto the apron. By the time he turned his attention back to his opponent, Strong was waiting for him, and he tossed Burch into a backbreaker to pick up the controversial win.

Post-match, Dunne walloped Strong and went for the Bitter End, but O’Reilly used his NXT Tag Team Title to attack The BruiserWeight’s leg. Strong blasted him with the End of Heartache, and Undisputed ERA was left standing tall as Burch, Lorcan & Dunne were laid out in and around the ring.

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