Roderick Strong def. Bronson Reed
An incensed Roderick Strong kicked off NXT this week, still apoplectic with the actions of the returning Velveteen Dream last Wednesday. The former North American Champion declared that Dream had made things personal by not only attacking The Undisputed ERA, but appearing with Strong's wife, Marina Shafir, and their son airbrushed on his pants, and Strong demanded an apology.
With Strong caught in a hard-hitting affair with the "Aus-zilla," Dream continued to play mind games. Full Sail went dark purple late in the match, momentarily distracting The Messiah of the Backbreaker. Strong later gathered his bearings and caught Reed off the top rope with a jumping knee strike for the victory.
Dream wasn't finished with Strong on this evening though, appearing on the video screen to flaunt those same pants a second time and share pointed words for Strong and his family, once again sending his UE rival into a fit of rage.