NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa def. Velveteen Dream
There’s only one thing that ties NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa and Velveteen Dream together, and that’s the spotlight. Where Ciampa believes he is the main event and “greatest sports-entertainer of all time,” Dream, on the other hand, is certain that The Blackheart is merely the spotlight. That said, there was no setting more appropriate than the squared circle under the bright lights of the STAPLES Center for these two larger-than-life personalities. At the end of this motion picture clash, though, it was Ciampa strolling down the NXT Champion walk of fame.
Just like Hollywood films, the contest took fans on an emotional rollercoaster thanks to a series of high-strung exchanges. With the support of the NXT Universe, Dream, who was appropriately draped in Hollywood-inspired attire, pushed The Blackheart to his limits. From dropping Ciampa with a Dream Valley Driver from atop the announcer table and onto the bare floor, to slithering away from a Fairytale Ending, Dream looked like he was moments from becoming the new NXT Champion.
Dream brought the NXT Universe to a fever pitch and came within an eyelash of winning the title when he soared through the Los Angeles night to connect with the Purple Rainmaker, but Ciampa somehow got his shoulder off the canvas just in the nick of time.
Tommy Sports-Entertainment simply had no plans of sharing the spotlight, however, and he scored the decisive blow by pulling Dream between the two WarGames rings, dropping him with a savage DDT onto the metal partition and rolling him over for the three-count.