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NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
VELVETEEN DREAM (c) vs. RODERICK STRONG
Lots of back-and-forth grappling to get this one underway, as Strong tries to use his mat experience to keep the champion grounded, but Dream is able to hang in there with him. Back from commercial and Dream delivers a dropkick, before coming off the top rope with a double axe handle. Strong begs off to the floor and catches the champ, throwing him hard into the barricade before delivering a nasty backbreaker. Dream is slow getting to his feet on the outside, and wakes up just in time to get nailed with a running dropkick through the ropes from his opponent.
Strong takes it back to the ring and back to the mat, slowly wearing down the Dream while working him over with backbreakers and submissions. This continues for quite awhile with the champion trying and failing to rally back time and time again, only to get immediately grounded or tossed around by the technical specialist. Strong set up for the Strong Hold but this time Dream was able to reverse into a Sharpshooter. The two ended up rolling into the ropes and out to the floor, breaking the hold, and Strong got whipped into the ring steps as we head to our final commercial on USA for the evening.
We’re back and both guys are trading rights and lefts. Dream delivers a big boot and follows with a superkick, but it’s not enough. He rolls through and lifts Strong onto his shoulders looking for the Dream Valley Driver, but Strong wriggles free and gets rolled up for another nearfall. The champion is right back on him, once again rolling into a swinging spike DDT. Still not enough.
Dream heads to the apron and waits for the challenger to get up, but is caught with a nasty dropkick to the jaw, nearly knocking him out cold. Strong hooks the arms and pulls him back into the ring, letting him up to connect with an absolutely devastating running knee strike. Dream is out in the ropes and Strong runs back and forth, nailing him with elbow shots one after another. He hits a sit-down powerbomb for two-and-a-half, and rolls immediately into the Strong Hold!
The champ screams in agony as he tries to pull himself to the ropes, but Strong drags him back to the center of the ring. Dream almost taps out, but digs down deep and finally gets to the ropes. The rest of the Undisputed Era makes their way down to the ring and surrounds the Dream, who sends Strong flying with a big back body drop anyways.
The referee gets knocked down in all the chaos, and the Undisputed Era begins to swarm… Dream hits Strong with the Dream Valley Driver and superkicks Adam Cole, then takes O’Reilly off the apron. Strong recovers and delivers End of Heartache! It’s over! 1…2…NO!
Strong absolutely can’t believe it and argues with the dead referee, but Velveteen Dream barely gets to his feet and surprises him with another Dream Valley Driver! He climbs to the top rope looking for the elbow drop, but Bobby Fish gets on the apron to distract the referee, while Cole delivers a superkick to the prone champion, who falls to the mat below. Strong scoops him up and hits a second End of Heartache. 1…2…3. This time it’s really over.
Winner & New Champion: Roderick Strong
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