Shane Thorne vs Mansoor
Back and forth to start the match. Thorne with some big chops before Mansoor counters. Mansoor hits a standing moonsault for a two-count. Mansoor sends Shane to the floor. Mansoor then runs out for a dive but Thorne grabs him in mid-move. Thorne hits a big suplex on the floor and gets two-count back in the ring.
They trade strikes in the middle of the ring. Thorne hits a big German suplex for another two-count. Mansoor ends up sending Thorne back out and hitting a dive. Mansoor brings it back in, launches himself in from the apron into a big neckbreaker and gets the pin.
Candice LeRae vs Dakota Kai
Back from the break and out comes Candice LeRae. Dakota Kai is out next to some boos and shows that she is carrying Tegan Nox’s knee brace. Kai enters the ring and raises the brace before placing it over the ring post in her corner. The bell rings and they meet to have words. Kai swings but LeRae catches it before dropping her. LeRae mounts Kai with kicks and strikes with strike. Kai dodges a move and retreats to the floor for a breather.
Kai counters but misses a kick. LeRae dropkicks her from the ring. LeRae runs the ropes and nails a suicide dive to Kai on the floor. LeRae brings it back into the ring and drops a step-up senton. Kai counters again and rams LeRae back into the corner. Kai charges but gets sent to the apron. She goes to the floor and slams LeRae into the ring post. Kai slams LeRae’s face into the apron a few times and hits a big boot to the face. Kai keeps LeRae down and hits another big kick to the face.
Back from the break and they are trading strikes now. Kai counters a hurricanrana and hits a big powerbomb for two-count. Candice fights and they tangle to the apron. Candice looks to hit a suplex variation on the apron but they miss the apron on the way down and both land on the floor. Back in the ring, they trade big strikes. LeRae charges with a Hip Attack. She goes to the top and hits a big tornado DDT for another two-count.
Kai comes back with a headbutt. Kai runs around the ring and delivers a big boot to the face in the corner. Kai charges again but LeRae kicks her in the neck to bring her down. Fans rally while both Superstars are down now. LeRae goes to the top but Kai cuts her off and climbs up. Kai pounds on Candice. Candice fights back and goes for the Sunset Bomb but it’s blocked. Kai fights but Candice re-positions and powerbombs her to the mat for another close 2 count. Candice with a kick to the face.
Candice misses a moonsault as Kai moves. Kai hits the Kai-ropractor for a close 2 count. Fans chant “this is awesome!” now. Kai unloads with kicks. Kai scoops LeRae on her shoulders but she slides out and rolls her up for a 2 count. Candice goes on and applies the GargaNo Escape in the middle of the ring as fans pop. Kai goes for the ropes but Candice tries to re-position. Kai breaks free and goes to the floor for a breather. Candice runs the ropes for a suicide dive but Kai grabs the knee brace and decks her with it at the ropes for the disqualification.
Winner- Candice LeRae
After the match, Kai attacks Candice on the floor and whips her into the steel ring steps. Kai grabs a steel chair but Rhea Ripley runs down and knocks it out of her hand. Fans pop and start cheering for Ripley as Kai yells at her from the stage. The Ripley chants continue as she checks on LeRae.
Cathy is backstage with Tommaso Ciampa, asking about tonight’s main event. Ciampa issued the challenge to Finn Balor because he wants the match. Ciampa gives Balor some props but says he’s the one who made the NXT Title the most prestigious in the business, not Balor. Ciampa goes on and says Balor wants to stand in his way tonight, but it will be Balor’s mistake.