There was a prophecy in WWE NXT that needed to be fulfilled. Adam Cole was NXT Champion, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly were NXT Tag Team Champions, meaning Undisputed Era held all but a shred of the gold in NXT. They just needed the Velveteen Dreams NXT North American Championship, and Roderick Strong was going to be the man to take it from him.
Velveteen Dream Isn’t Just Going To Hand His Championship Over
Action would start off slow, both men trying to figure out the best way to attack this match. It would be a mad scramble of strikes and chain wrestling, but if Strong could make this a long match, he was always going to win. He had more experience than Dream, had better cardio, and had Undisputed Era in his corner if needed.
After a commercial break, both men were ready to get this match started, but the mind games of Dreams had Strong off his game. Dream would hit an axe handle to the head of Strong, sending Strong to the outside for one to the back. Strong would be back in the ring in time to shove Dream to the floor, and hit a backbreaker on the barricade.
The back would now be the target of a man known as ‘The Messiah Of The Backbreaker’, boding poorly for Velveteen Dream. Strong would grind Dream down with submissions, really making this his type of match. Several backbreakers would be launched, and it was only a matter of time before Strong walked away with his first singles championship in NXT. Comebacks attempts would come from Dream, but Strong would consistently halt these.
Roderick Strong Fulfills The Prophecy
Dream would nearly sneak away with a win after a superkick, but couldn’t get the Dream Valley Driver, instead opting for the DreamDT for a near fall. A slugfest would break out, but Strong is one of the hardest strikers in NXT, one kick stunning Dream.
Some running forearms, a tiger driver & The Strong Hold would nearly end this match, but Dream fought to the ropes, and the rest of Undisputed Era made their way to the ring to cheer Strong on. Dream would realize he’s surrounded the be thrown into the referee. Strong would hit End Of Heartache, but Dream kicked out at 2.9.
A Dream Valley Driver would have been followed by the Purple Rainmaker, but as Kyle O’Reilly distracted the referee, Adam Cole would hit a superkick on Dream. One End Of Heartache later and this one was done.
Where Are They Now?
Roderick Strong would hold the championship until he met Keith Lee in the ring, with Undisputed Era holding all the gold for a good chapter of NXT. Strong is still in NXT as part of Undisputed Era, though they hold no gold anymore and aren’t nearly as strong as they once were.
Following this match, Undisputed Era would write Velveteen Dream off TV, and some wish he never came back. He would face allegations of child grooming and pedophila, though WWE pushed this under the rug. He’s in a feud with KUSHIDA, and seems like he’ll have a lengthy career in WWE all the same.
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