Tuesday night’s WWE NXT action, broadcast from the Orlando FL WWE Performance Center, featured a series of crucial contests as competitors battled it out in the NXT Men’s Breakout 2023 Tournament. The event, livened by the commentary of Vic Joseph and Booker T, saw both Oba Femi and Riley Osborne secure their spots for the next round of the prestigious tourney.
In the squared circle, Fallon Henley teamed up with Brooks Jensen & Josh Briggs to claim victory over MetaFour – that is, Lash Legend, Ora Mensah, and Noam Dar – with a well-executed Clothesline pinfall. Meanwhile, the NXT North American Champion, Dragon Lee, successfully defended his title against Tyler Bate, cementing his reign with a decisive ‘Operation Dragon’ pinfall.
The evening also witnessed Eddy Thorpe clash with Dijak, a match that concluded when Thorpe was declared the winner due to Dijak’s disqualification. Furthermore, Blair Davenport & Cora Jade emerged victorious against Nikkita Lyons & Lyra Valkyria.
The spotlight, however, shone brightly on the NXT Men’s Breakout 2023 Tournament. The first round saw Oba Femi power through Myles Borne, employing a European uppercut followed by a massive Popup Powerbomb to secure his advance in the competition. In a similar vein, Riley Osborne showcased his aerial prowess with a Shooting Star Press to best Keanu Carver, marking another exhilarating progression in the tournament. Fans avidly awaited updates on the tournament bracket, eager to see the unfolding of this eventful challenge.
Adding to the excitement, Lexis King stamped his presence in the tournament with a bold pre-tournament statement. Disturbing the roster roll call, King ruthlessly attacked Trey Bearhill with a chair and stood undaunted before the roster. His aggressive demeanor was not overlooked, with NXT head booker Shawn Michaels declaring that King would replace the injured Bearhill, stirring up anticipation for the matches ahead.
The night was not without its controversies. Carmelo Hayes fell victim to a backstage attack by an unidentified assailant, stoking the flames of speculation. Despite being medically cleared shortly after, the incident remained shrouded in mystery. Emotions ran high as Hayes accused NXT Champion Ilja Dragunov, laying the groundwork for a tumultuous confrontation between the two. The evening concluded with the crowd echoing accusations against Hayes, leaving fans on the edge of their seats for next month’s NXT New Year’s Evil 2024 special where scores will be settled.
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