Tonight’s WWE NXT episode opened live with Mauro Ranallo at the NXT Arena from Full Sail University, Florida. Mauro talked about how The OC attacked The Undisputed Era before the show hit the air. Suddenly, The OC – WWE United States Champion AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson appeared in the arena. They attacked a few crew members on the way to the ring. Styles said, so this is NXT. Thus, the fans did dueling chants for NXT and The OC.
Styles said NXT Superstars attacked RAW and SmackDown for war, so now they’re bringing the war to NXT. Styles said all the top NXT stars are out of commission, so The OC is taking NXT over. And that is undisputed, he added. They did the “too sweet” and went to leave the ring, but the music hit and Tommaso Ciampa came out. Fans chanted for The Blackheart as he came to the stage with a mic.
Ciampa said for years he’s been asked when he’s going to the main roster. Well, now he wants to be the first one to welcome The OC to NXT. Ciampa said NXT has always been the show, and it’s just so happened to be daddy’s home. Thus, the fans chanted “Daddy’s home!” once again. Ciampa said The OC can come and beat up Undisputed Era, that’s fine to him. But he does have a problem with The OC say they’re taking over.
Styles asked if the three of them are supposed to be scared of Ciampa. So, the fans chanted “yes!” Styles admitted Ciampa is the only one here with big enough balls to come out and say anything. Further, Keith Lee and Matt Riddle suddenly appear on the stage, on each side of Ciampa. Fans chanted, “NXT!” and “Bro!” Ciampa said it looked like they have plenty of balls while fans did various chants again.
He said they prepared to face The Undisputed Era at WarGames, but tonight The OC should go put their gear on and go to war. So, the fans chanted “NXT!” again. Styles accepted the challenge while the crowd popped. The two sides stared each other down. The announcers hyped tonight’s show. Nigel McGuinness and WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix were accompanying Mauro.