Hola NXT fans and welcome to this week’s NXT Redux! We are a nearly month away from NXT TakeOver: Houston War Games, which will see a new NXT Women’s Champion crowned. Who will join Kairi Sane in the hopes of becoming the new face of the NXT Women’s Division? Let’s find out in our first NXT Women’s qualifying match that sees a triple threat match between Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross and Peyton Royce (with Billie Kay).

Our women’s match kicks off this week’s show and after each NXT Superstar makes their respective entrances, the match begins with Cross and Morgan working together against Royce. They take turns toying with one half of the Iconic Duo and manage to take Royce to the outside with a running clothesline.

Morgan then takes some initiative by landing a head scissors takeover on Cross and then an enziguri on Royce when she re-enters the ring. Cross sees an opening and takes Morgan on a trip to the turnbuckles, driving her headfirst to two different corners. She then climbs on Mogran’s back and tries to wear down.

When Royce remerges, Cross takes a chance to shove Morgan in her direction but the plan backfires when Morgan and Royce catch Cross midflight and slam her onto the mat. Royce goes for the cover but a nearby Morgan breaks it up.

An argument breaks out between the two women but Royce wins their fist bout when she takes Morgan to the ropes for a dirty submission hold. Cross makes the save from the outside and climbs the top rope of a corner to hit a missile dropkick on Morgan. She turns her attention to Royce with running forearms and even gets a shot to Kay when she tries to interfere.

Cross stays in control and hits a snapping neck breaker on Morgan for a two count. The three Superstars get back to their feet and fight for control from a corner ,setting up for a Tower a Doom spot!

All three women are down when suddenly NXT’s Undisputed Era posse of Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish bring down Mae Young Classic competitor Taynara Conti to the entrance ramp. After some prep talk from the Undisputed Era gang, Conti struts down to the ring and pulls Cross’ leg. Royce tries to capitalize on the distraction by rolling up Cross from behind but only earns a two count.

Cross keeps her focus on Royce and hits a swinging neck breaker. She goes for the cover but Morgan runs in to break it up. Cross hits a second neck breaker, this time an elevated one from the top rope on Morgan. She goes for another cover but once again, Conti interferes from the outside.

And angered Cross screams and begins to chase Conti but in the midst of it, she gets his by a high Spinning Kick from Royce. Royce adds a Fishermen Suplex which is enough to put Nikki Cross down for the three count! Peyton is heading to TakeOver: War Games!

Tears are shed and poppers go off in a post celebration interview where Royce says she no one deserves this opportunity at TakeOver than one half of the Iconic Duo.

Meanwhile, Conti meets up with the Undisputed Era for answers to their undisclosed deal but instead, the laugh off Conti’s supposed proposal and walk off. Womp, Womp, Womp….

It also announced that next week’s episode of NXT will feature a triple threat match between Ember Moon, Ruby Riot and Sonya Deville as part of the second qualifying NXT Women’s Championship match.

Señorita Zelina Vega accompanies her associate Andrade Almas during his TakeOver: Brooklyn rematch against Johnny Gargano on this week’s NXT main event.

Although her wanting to distract Gargano by wearing a DIY shirt isn’t as impactful compared to TakeOver: Brooklyn, it is enough to give Almas a break away from the Gargano Escape and later pick up the win.

Thoughts: NXT has really been picking up the pieces with their Women’s division. The matches have been solid, stories have been told and we’ve slowly been seeing new faces come across our television screen.

I have to say Liv Morgan impressed me in this match. The WWE have been polishing Liv for her big moment in the weeks leading up to this match and I really saw improvements from her. Working with experienced talents such as Nikki Cross and Peyton Royce can only do favors for Liv so I’m hoping to more from her.

The real surprise this week was Taynara Conti! Wow did she really play a role in costing Cross her spot at TakeOver! Sure, it was minor, simple and was merely used as a way to continue the men’s Undisputed Era/Sanity feud but it gave Taynara some screen time and can lead to some conflict/story between the women.

I’m super ecstatic to see Peyton Royce earn her spot for TakeOver next month. As I said a few weeks ago, I feel like the Iconic Duo have really been the ones helping carry NXT Women’s division ‘mid-card’ outside the title picture. They’re well rounded in the ring, have established heel characters and can really refresh things when it comes to the NXT Women’s Title picture.

Zelina Vega has been slowly making waves for Andrade Almas. She’s been playing mind games with Johnny Gargano and I look forward to seeing what else she has in mind as she and Almas continue to try and steal the spotlight on NXT. It’s always fun to see when a woman can get involved in a main event scene!

What did you think of this week’s episode of NXT? Are you excited for TakeOver: War Games? What do you think of Zelina Vega’s current role? Let us know in the comments below!

  • So glad Peyton won because I’m a fan ??
    I hate admitting it, but I’ll give credit where it’s due…Liv impressed me tonight. Her taking that top rope bump was awesomeeee!! Also Peyton’s bump to the outside floor looked gnarlsss barkley omggg. Great match girls ??

    • The Earl of Lemongrab

      I’m so so glad seeing comments like this and the ladies getting love! Saw the video of Peyton celebrating in FB and comments there are atrocious, one even said it made him feel embarassed because Billie and Peyton is from the same country as him. I was like WTF? Two beautiful and talented ladies living their dream embarasses you? Really annoyed me (sorry for the rant)

      • Super Mateo

        Think of it this way: Peyton and Billie are heels. They are trying to get fans to hate them. Negative (within reason, of course) comments aimed at them are actually complimenting the work they have done.

  • Izzy4lw

    Good match, the right person won, and I’m not mad at the interference. Mostly though, I’m getting antsy at the Andrade/Gargano feud. If all these Zelina interferences don’t lead to an NXT debut of Candice LeRae as Gargano’s equalizer, I will lose my mind as this feud is practically written to introduce an equalizer and Candice in NXT would give me all the life I need to survive

    • ralfikh

      Agree. Adding Candice would b amazing

  • The Earl of Lemongrab

    Yes at Peyton getting the win and Taynara getting a possible storyline/feud. When I saw this match up I really thought Nikki’s gonna win for sure, she didn’t, she took the fall BUT it gave her something else! Hoping Emma will be given the same thing

  • Danny?

    Good match and the right woman won. Liv is slowly improving but she still ain’t ready and to be honest she does absolutely nothing for me. Taynara’s involvement was a great way to give Peyton the win while keeping Nikki looking strong as well. Peyton for NXT Women’s Champ, period!

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    Liv was definitely impressive. I’m starting to get behind her more. Peyton slayed and so did Nikki Cross. Miss Conti is someone I’d like to see more out of before I give her my respect.

  • Wicked Bliss

    I’m kinda confused. Taynara acted she’s brave before attacking Nikki than when Nikki faced her, she’s terrified.

    • A?.

      You just answered your own question. She thought it was an easy job but then realized Nikki is insane.

  • conan_kun

    Why does Peyton keep winning while Billie keep losing in single match and eating a pin in tag match.

    Can’t wait for Candice gets signed and even the odd against Almas and Zelina
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    • Edwards1992

      Zelina and almas together?

  • Allyn

    Liv is everything I wish Carmella was, I feel Carmella could be a competent wrestler but this “messy heel” persona is always gonna hold her back

  • A?.

    I loved this episode! The match was cute, and the right girl won. I already love Taynara, she has potential and her facial expressions killed me. Good job ladies!

  • Tunasha

    I don’t know if it’s because of the quality matches we have gotten from certain women, but this match along the last few matches have been a lil too slow for me. It also includes the main roster matches, boring stuff, but there were some good spots here.

    I guess I had high expectacions for some reason.

  • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

    So happy for Peyton I liked the match but Billie should have interfered more considering it’s no DQ but I guess she didn’t want to be ejected anyways I hope Peyton wins at Takeover otherwise her Billie need to go to the main roster after Survivor Series

    • ralfikh

      Peyton must win. She deserve it. Then she can drop that title to Billie(if she turn on her),Ember or Nikki. These women has the skills n has been in nxt longer. They should b in the title pic imo

  • Welchy

    Liv queen of improving.
    Peyton queen of all things including my mama and dead great grandparents.
    Nikki Cross dirty looking queen.
    I’m glad NXT is slowly progressing again and actually sticked to (for the most part) using girls already signed and established throughout this tourney.

    Now after this, it’s time to introduce those other girls who have been waiting for months to debut.

    • ralfikh

      Agree. The fact newcomer get to b in the games b4 Liv is a shock. Consider how long shes been in the nxt

  • ralfikh

    Finally my girl Liv got some respect!
    Her hard work did shows. Im glad she has more skills now. Hoping she will figure out which move to use as her finisher

  • Aye Mate

    Frankly it was the facial exchange between Taynara and Nikki I found most delightful.

  • Organization XIII

    The match was sloppy. Was very disappointed in it but I’m happy Peyton won. I love she.

    & Zelina….managing Queen. MR women should take notes

    • Maddox

      Lana was doing the same thing

      • Organization XIII

        Not really. Lana didn’t interfere in matches that often

  • Super Mateo

    It’s amazing how much better things are when both the writers and wrestlers have time to prepare for matches. It shows in the product. Right now, NXT is right up there with Raw and miles ahead of SD.

    Peyton is interesting. She’s an annoying heel that kind of grates on my nerves, especially backstage. However, there seems to be a lot of likability about her underneath all that. I kind of wish they would try her out as a face. Liv comes off as a child trying to play with the adults, but she’s getting better. Her gimmick and theme song are still turning me off. Nikki is just amazing.

    Taynara getting involved is puzzling. It’s good for her, but really didn’t make a lot of sense. It was fridge logic. Due to WWE’s stupid restrictions, instead of the UE taking care of Nikki themselves, like awful heels would do and which probably would draw huge heat, they send in someone else to do little more than cost Nikki the match. UE doing their own work might have also angered Sanity more. Regardless, it is good for Taynara and sets her up with a story when they are ready to use her.

    • IconicTrio

      Peyton is much more suited to a heel role, but can be a face too. Somehow I think Billie would shine as a face more, but somehow has a more sexy heel look. Basically its all wrong! haha

      Liv should have been allowed to keep this theme.

  • PYM #TakeOverSmackdown

    This was a really good match. Liv shined in this one. She’s really come a long way.

  • MyleneCruz

    My truly fave moment was Peyton and billie doing the interview their hilarious. I love the Bella’s but they are what the bellas could have been in the beginning with more acting classes and in ring training.

  • MyleneCruz

    My truly fave moment was Peyton and billie doing the interview their hilarious. I love the Bella’s but they are what the bellas could have been in the beginning with more acting classes and in ring training.

  • MyleneCruz

    My truly fave moment was Peyton and billie doing the interview their hilarious. I love the Bella’s but they are what the bellas could have been in the beginning with more acting classes and in ring training.

  • Geo14

    Paige
    Charlotte
    Sasha
    Asuka
    Peyton

    The perfect lineage.

    • ssilva872

      LOL at the shade to Pamela. ?

  • IconicTrio

    Hard to believe that my least favourite woman of NXT shone brightest. Nikki brought her same old nothing moveset and Peyton (my girl) was off.

    Wasn’t a very good match, but Liv looks better in the ring, and Peyton’s in the 4 way, so I’m a very happy boy over here.