Before Cole takes to Portland to put his championship on the line against The Blackheart, he had to deal with Kushida, whom he and The Undisputed ERA literally disposed of in a garbage can last week backstage at Full Sail. Kushida's ring IQ was on full display with NXT's time-traveling Superstar astutely taking aim at the left arm Cole favored, even nearly pulling off the upset at multiple points in the match.
However, Kushida ultimately fell victim to The Last Shot like so many of The Panama City Playboy's previous opponents.
That was merely an appetizer for what was to come with Ciampa arriving afterward. The Blackheart circled Cole like a shark and locked eyes on his prey — the NXT Title that Ciampa was forced to give up due to injury and still fondly refers to as "goldie."
Will Daddy be home with the NXT Championship this time next week, or will the leader of The UE continue his dominant reign atop the black-and-gold brand?