NXT kicked off with a short video in honor of Veteran's Day before North American champ Johnny Gargano was in the ring to spin the wheel. The wheel was clearly rigged and Leon Ruff was chosen as the 'winner'. Ruff was excited for the title shot and the match started soon after.
Johnny Gargano (c) vs. Leon Ruff - NXT North American Championship match
Ruff fell awkwardly as the match started and while he was fixing his ring gear, Gargano unloaded on him, taking him to the corner. Ruff came back with some hooks and a crossbody but was soon sent outside and into the barricades by the champ.
Damien Priest showed up on the other side of the barricades and Gargano taunted him. When Priest showed up on the open part of the stands, Gargano ran away in fear before almost getting rolled up in the ring for the three-count.
Ruff got a crucifix pin in the following struggle and picked up the win while Priest was watching and laughing from ringside.
Result: Leon Ruff def. Johnny Gargano to become the new NXT North American Champion
Match rating: B+
Backstage, Priest gave Ruff the keys to his black Dodge Challenger and told him to run away before Gargano came after him. Ruff was gone by the time Johnny showed up and tried to argue with Priest and William Regal that the match wasn't sanctioned.
We footage of Atlas attacking Escobar in the parking area before the show. A match was booked soon after for the Cruiserweight Championship.
Santos Escobar (c) vs. Jake Atlas - NXT Cruiserweight Championship Match
Escobar got the early advantage on NXT with a series of knees to the gut before Escobar took Atlas down and trapped him in a submission. They got back to a vertical base and Escobar connected with another set of chops.
Santos Escobar (c) vs. Jake Atlas - NXT Cruiserweight Championship Match (contd...)
Atlas was taking some big kicks in the corner and but then recovered and took control of the match. Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde tried to interfere but was taken down by Atlas with the help of his lead pipe on NXT.
After a commercial, the duo was banned from ringside and Atlas was continuing to punish Escobar in the ring. Atlas got multiple near falls before Escobar hit a high kick for a near fall of his own.
After one more near fall off a Death Valley Driver from Atlas, Escobar managed to connect with a Facebuster and get the win.
Result: Santos Escobar def. Jake Atlas to retain WWE NXT Cruiserweight Championship
Match rating: A
Shotzi Blackheart was in a backstage segment on NXT and said that the tank was more than a prop and it allowed her to represent herself as well as her family in the military.
Raquel Gonzalez and Xia Li was set to have a match but Boa came out in place of Xia and said the Li was not there and the match wouldn't happen.
Gonzalez was mad about her match on NXT being canceled and hit Boa on the apron with a kick and then tossed him into the barricades.
Gonzalez destroyed Boa with her finisher and left the ring before the lights dimmed and a dragon appeared and started circling on the wraparound screens in the arena.
An old man came out to deliver Boa a letter and touched his hands, putting a mark onto it before we headed for a break on NXT.
Backstage on NXT, August Grey was trying to explain why he attacked Tim Thatcher last week. Thatcher blindsided him near Lumis' artwork and took him out. Grey was tossed into the painting and Lumis was furious.
Toni Storm vs. Candice LeRae on NXT
LeRae was dominating early on while the announcers mentioned that Thatcher and Lumis will face each other after their run-in with each other. Outside the ring, Toni attempted to send LeRae into the steel steps but she escaped and threw Storm back into the ring.
Storm hit a German suplex, a hip attack, and a knee strike off the ropes before getting a two-count off a Fisherman's suplex.
Toni Storm vs. Candice LeRae on NXT (contd...)
Toni went after Candice who was in the corner but got flung into the turnbuckles. Candice went for the three-count with her feet on the ropes but the referee didn't notice before handing her the win on NXT.
Result: Candice LeRae def. Toni Storm
Storm attacked LeRae after the match but a masked attacker from Halloween Havoc showed up and so did Shotzi. The masked Superstar helped LeRae take out Shotzi and Storm before revealing their face. It was Indi Hartwell!
Match rating: B
Timothy Thatcher vs. Dexter Lumis on NXT
Lumis started off strong and Thatcher fled the ring to regroup after a few shots. Thatcher came back in and went for Lumis' ankles and grounded him. After a little more back and forth, Thatcher went for the ankle lock again and transitioned into a modified Bow and Arrow hold.
Lumis broke free and hit a spinebuster, also hurting his own hand in the process before tossing Thatcher outside. Thatcher had the advantage outside and sent Lumis into the ringpost.
Timothy Thatcher vs. Dexter Lumis on NXT (contd...)
Back to NXT after a break, Thatcher had an armbar in on the injured arm before hitting a suplex for a near fall. He went back to Lumis' arm but Lumis managed to counter with a suplex of his own.
Lumis was in control when Cameron Grimes showed up at ringside. Grimes; distraction led to Thatcher picking up the rollup pin.
Result: Timothy Thatcher def. Dexter Lumis
Grimes attacked Lumis after the match and destroyed him at ringside after putting a bag on his head. Lumis was blinded and went for a steel chair but Grimes hit the cave-in on the chair, taking him out for good.
Match rating: B+
Backstage, Gargano was still furious and admitted to William Regal that he rigged the wheel and that it was meant to be a joke. Regal said there was nothing he could do and went back into his office.
Tommaso Ciampa was backstage on NXT and said that the times have changed, everyone backstage thinks that they're tough. He added that those that complain get rewarded now and that he was going to change the '2020 locker room culture'.
We got a recap of last week's attack on Killian Dain after Pete Dunne & Pat McAfee came out with the NXT tag champs. McAfee bragged about Dunne's violent actions in the last two weeks before hyping the tag title match that was next.
Backstage, Grimes was seen bragging about his attack on Lumis. Finn Balor was set to return next week on NXT.
Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan (c) vs. Breezango - NXT Tag Team Title match
The match went outside right away and Burch was sent into the barricades by Breeze who tossed him back in for Fandango. Tags were made and Breeze took a few hits from Lorcan but Fandango came back in to take back control on NXT.
Breezango hit double kicks on Burch and threw him at McAfee and Dunne at ringside. Fandango hit a Falcon Arrow on Lorcan before taking out Dunne and Burch outside with a dive.
Drake Maverick came in and took out McAfee and Lorcan from the apron and let Breezango get a near fall. McAfee distracted the ref while Dunne took out Breeze allowing Burch to get the pin on Fandango for the win on NXT.
Result: Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan def. Breezango to retain the NXT Tag Team Titles
Drake Maverick attacked the four after the match and was immediately taken out and sent over the announce table. Breezango joined in and was soon wiped out as well.
Breezango and Maverick were taken out for good and McAfee hit a Punt Kick on Breeze before he gloated at the camera as NXT came to a close.
Match rating: B+
Episode rating: B
We got three title matches and a shocking title change in the first match this week on NXT. Storm and LeRae put on a great match and Lumis got quite the beating tonight. The main event was not disappointing either with Breezango taking on the tag champs.