At NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day, Austin Theory was abducted before Johnny Gargano's NXT North American Championship defense. On their way to the ring tonight, The Way was passing out missing posters of the blue-chipper.
The Way w/Johnny Gargano vs Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart on NXT
Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart, the 2021 NXT Dusty Cup runner-ups, lit Candice LeRae up with a quick tandem offense. LeRae was sent to the floor but was saved by Indi Hartwell. Back in the ring though, LeRae was unable to avoid Blackheart and Moon's offense.
After breaking away from a pinfall attempt, LeRae finally made it to Hartwell, who met a similar fate as the Poison Pixie of NXT. During the break, The Way took over, tearing apart Shotzi Blackheart. Moon tagged in, but a devastating big boot took the former NXT Women's Champion's head off.
The Way and Johnny Gargano were distracted by live footage of an unmarked van pulling up in the parking lot. Was Austin Theory in it? It wasn't enough to loosen their hold over Moon and Blackheart, but they were clearly shaken.
Moon kicked out of a pinfall after a sidewalk slam, but couldn't get away from The Way. A series of boots and a diving corkscrew press from LeRae to the floor left Moon out before a commercial break. Before we left, Johnny Gargano saw more footage of the van, leading to him abandoning ringside to see if he could find Dexter Lumis or Austin Theory.
Back from the second break, Blackheart lit up Indi Hartwell with a series of elbows and a rolling bulldog. The last Chancery was locked in, but LeRae broke it up with a senton. This led to all four women taking one another out and the camera cutting to Johnny Gargano checking the van.
Gargano couldn't get it to open, but was banging on the door, asking for Mr. All Day. Back in the ring, a superkick caught Blackheart on the button for a close call. LeRae and Moon tagged back in, and the Shenom of NXT planted LeRae with an elevated twisting facebuster.
The Way had the match won, but Johnny Gargano emerged with Austin Theory bound in ropes with a bag over his head. Candice LeRae rushed to the ramp to hug Theory, leaving Hartwell to be pinned by Moon.
Results: Kayden Carter and Kacy Catanzaro defeated The Way via pinfall on NXT.
Pat McAfee sent NXT fans a message regarding Adam Cole, claiming that the Panama City Playboy was a s*****g all along.
McAfee encouraged them to tweet #PatWasRight and said he'd be seeing the WWE Universe soon.