WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne def. Kyle O’Reilly
WWE U.K. Champion Pete Dunne might have entered his title defense against Kyle O’Reilly with a heavily bandaged leg due to O’Reilly’s attack with an NXT Tag Team Title last week, but he wasn’t about to let a bad wheel or O’Reilly’s outlandishly brutal onslaught cause him to part with the U.K. crown.
The BruiserWeight retained, topping the unabashedly sleazy Undisputed ERA member in a bout that will go down as an NXT classic, the type of ferociously hard-hitting conflict that the NXT Universe has come to expect from the two hard-nosed combatants. O’Reilly slyly kept his attention on the leg throughout, and Dunne absorbed an uncanny amount of punishment. The BruiserWeight, of course, wouldn’t be The BruiserWeight if he didn’t dish it out in return. Late in the match, with joint manipulation on his mind, Dunne grabbed hold of O’Reilly’s hand and refused to let go, even as O’Reilly pounded him with forearms and snatched Dunne’s mouthguard. Instead of releasing his grip, Dunne twisted O’Reilly’s fingers like silly straws before dropping him with the Bitter End to finish the fight and earn the victory.
Like a pack of wolves, Adam Cole & Roderick Strong entered the fray and began beating down Dunne, only to be repelled by O’Reilly & Strong’s challengers at TakeOver: Chicago II, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch. Undisputed ERA were left licking their wounds, while Dunne and the Brit-Am brawlers stood tall, a stark reversal from last week.
Now the question remains: Which team will be left holding the NXT Tag Team Titles this Saturday at TakeOver: Lorcan & Burch or Strong & O’Reilly?