WWE NXT Recap & Results (7/18)

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Lacey Evans Defeated Dakota Kai

Lacey Evans squared off against Dakota Kai to start off this week’s episode of NXT. Evans mocked Kai to begin the match and Dakota responded with a Dropkick to Lacey’s face. Kai rolled up Evans for a two count and then booted her in the face for another near fall.

Kai went for a running kick in the corner but Lacey dodged it and tied up Dakota on the turnbuckle. Evans then connected with a Bronco Buster and Kai fell to the canvas. Lacey continued to taunt Kai as she struggled to get back to her feet.

Evans knocked her back down and stomped on her a few times for a one count. Lacey caught Kai’s attempt at a kick and sent her back to the canvas. Evans dropped an elbow across Dakota’s back and then applied a Chin Lock in the middle of the ring.

The crowd got behind Dakota as she fought through the pain and reached for the ropes. Kai finally was able to get out of the hold but Evans quickly knocked her back down to the mat. Evans applied a submission hold targetting Kai’s lower back in the center of the ring.

Dakota refused to give up and Evans started to get pissed off. Lacey shouted “give up!” but Dakota wouldn’t submit. Evans broke the hold and brought Kai to the ring apron. Evans stood on Kai’s ribs on the apron and stomped on her a couple of times.

Kai rolled back into the middle of the ring and Evans greeted her with a Slingshot Elbow Drop for a two count. Dakota made her way to the top rope and went for a Moonsault but Dakota was somehow able to roll out of the way just in time.

Evans splatted on the canvas and Kai made her way back to her feet. Kai hit a flurry of kicks to Evans’ face and then geared up in the corner of the ring. The crowd clapped along as Kai connected with the Facewash Kick two times in a row. Dakota hit another Facewash Kick and went for the cover but Evans was able to power out at two.

Lacey planted Kai with a Powerslam and both Superstars fell to the mat. Evans was the first Superstar up and went for a Clothesline but Kai caught her with a boot to the face. Lacey dodged a kick and connected with the Woman’s Right for the pinfall victory. Evans taunted Kai after the match some more before finally exiting the ring.

Ricochet Wants To Be The Next North American Champion

Ricochet was interviewed backstage during tonight’s show. Ricochet said that he doesn’t like Undisputed Era but he knows they will defend the tag titles because they love to fight. He brought up Adam Cole and how he continuously finds ways to steal victories. Ricochet stated that he will not stop until he becomes North American Champion and takes the title from Adam Cole.

EC3 Challenged Kona Reeves

EC3 ran into Kona Reeves backstage. Reeves said EC3’s suit was nice but it is not the finest. Reeves aid the same thing about EC3’s watch and his spray tan. EC3 poked fun at Kona Reeves wearing sunglasses indoors to hide his dead and creepy eyes. EC3 then challenged Kona to a fight and Reeves told EC3 to give him space.

EC3 stated that he would give Reeves the beating of a lifetime and walked away. Reeves stated that they could of the finest of friends but vowed to fight EC3 in the near future.

Kassius Ohno Won With Ease

Kassius Ohno battled Rick Ramirez tonight on NXT. Ohno connected with the Discus Elbow right away for the quick pinfall victory.

Kairi Sane Earned A Title Shot At NXT TakeOver

Nikki Cross, Candice LeRae, and Kairi Sane battled in a Triple Threat Match to determine the #1 Contender for the NXT Women’s Championship. Bianca Belair was scheduled to be in the match but was not medically cleared to compete.

The match started out with a bunch of Arm Drags and then Nikki hit Sane with a Crossbody. Sane knocked LeRae off the ring apron and then turned her attention to Cross. Sane knocked Cross to the corner of the ring and beat her down as NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler said she doesn’t care who wins on commentary.

Cross trapped Kairi in the ring apron and beat the hell out of her. Nikki got back into the ring and shoved Candice’s face into the canvas. Nikki applied a Crossface in the middle of the ring and then transitioned into a cover for a two count.

Sane got back into the ring and connected with the Interceptor Spear on Nikki Cross. Kairi followed it up with a Double Stomp on LeRae for a two count. Nikki jumped on Sane’s back and tried to lock in a Sleeper Hold. Candice got back up and took them both out with a Dropkick.

LeRae beat down Cross in the corner of the ring and then hit a Cannonball onto Sane off the ring apron as the crowd chanted “NXT!”. Nikki Cross connected with an Inverted DDT to LeRae on the entrance ramp and then turned around into a flying elbow from Sane off the ring apron.

The NXT Universe chanted “this is awesome!” as Baszler wasn’t too impressed on commentary. Back in the ring, LeRae planted Cross with a Powerbomb as Nikki connected with a Superplex to Kairi Sane at the same time. The crowd once again loudly chanted “NXT!” as all three Superstars were down on the mat.

LeRae and Nikki traded shots as the crowd chanted “mama mia!”. Sane joined the party and everyone took turns blasting each other in the face with haymakers. Cross hit a Clothesline on Sane and then got an Enziguri to the face courtesy of Candice.

Sane clocked LeRae in the head but Candice shrugged it off and connected with a double DDT onto Cross and Sane. LeRae followed it up with a Springboard Moonsault onto Sane and went for the cover but Cross dragged Candice to the apron. Nikki hit LeRae with a swinging Neckbreaker off the apron and then got back into the ring with Sane.

Cross tugged at her own hair like a psycho and grabbed Kairi and planted her with a Belly to Back Suplex. Nikki delivered two more Belly to Back Suplexes and then sat up with a giant smile on her face. Cross perched Sane up on the top turnbuckle as Candice rolled back into the ring.

LeRae rolled up Cross for a two count and then slammed her to the mat. LeRae connected with a Moonsault onto Cross but Kairi Sane came out of nowhere and hit Candice with the Insane Elbow Drop for the pinfall victory.

Kairi Sane will now battle Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn during SummerSlam weekend. NXT went off the air with Shayna Baszler raising the title on the entrance ramp as Sane looked on from the top turnbuckle.

The following video package for Velveteen Dream aired during tonight’s episode of NXT:

Announced for next week’s episode of NXT:

Aleister Black will defend his NXT Championship against Tommaso Ciampa. The following promo aired during tonight’s broadcast to promote the match: