When it comes to the newcomers that showed up on 205 Live in 2020, August Grey & Ashante Adonis are at the top of the pack. Tonight is their first singles encounter, and a win here could help them out with getting in the mix for a shot at the NXT Cruiserweight Championship following NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver. They’re equally matched in skill, it’ll just come down to who makes the first mistake.
Ashante Adonis Is On Fire
Adonis started off by grabbing the arm of Grey, starting to work the limb over. He’d maintain the grasp, until Grey worked through the ropes to gain control, a very Nigel McGuinness type move that shows Grey does his homework. Grey grabbed a standing waist lock and went for a european clutch, before doubling down with a diving double leg pinfall.
Adonis countered a back body drop with a sunset flip, only to be slingshotted into the corner. He’d fight back by catching Grey with a powerslam, before throwing some forearm. Adonis would check his hair before dropping him down with the neckbreaker, and floated right into the cover.
Grey would be driven into the corner with a hard irish whip, before Adonis hit some elbow drops. The third one missed, and Grey got back to a vertical base. Grey was favouring his back, and that only got worse after Adonis hit a AA Spinebuster. Adonis grabbed a tight chinlock, and kept Grey grounded in the middle of the ring.
August Grey Makes The Comeback
Grey was shoved off the ropes, and he bounced right into the Air Drop from Adonis, and tumbled to the outside. Adonis would be pulled shoulder first into the turnbuckle, as Grey mounted the comeback. He’d hit the crossbody off the top rope, hit a jawbreaker and a neckbreaker.
Grey hit the Northern Lights Driver for a near fall, before Adonis came back with a flapjack. Adonis showboated before a falling fist drop, before he’d go to the top rope. Grey would be hit with a crossbody, but rolled through into the pinfall. A spinkick from Adonis got him a near fall, and these kickouts from both men were getting lesser and lesser.
Adonis countered So Much Prettier on the first go, but Grey quickly set it up again to get a win, making that five of his last seven. Is August Grey on his way to a title shot?
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