During the latest tapings for WWE’s developmental brand, NXT, an independent wrestler competing as enhancement talent against the Authors of Pain suffered an injury, which caused the referee to end the match abruptly.
Anthony Bowens teamed with Jonny Vandal to take on the undefeated tag team in a squash match. At one point, one half of the Authors of Pain powerbombed Bowens, then his partner delivered a powerbomb to Vandal on top of Bowens. However, the spot went wrong as the back of Vandal’s head crashed into Bowens’ face.
Warning: the below video of the accident might be disturbing to some.
The referee stopped the match and WWE trainers helped Bowens backstage. Though he was assisted, Bowens was able to walk out of the arena in a scene that attendees described as tense, according to WrestlingInc. Bowens suffered a concussion, Pro Wrestling Sheet reported.
The match occurred during NXT‘s final TV tapings of the year, with the brand recording enough material to take it through to the end of December.
Here are the full NXT spoilers for December, via 411 Mania.
— Tian Bing beat Wesley Blake in what was reportedly a dark match.
— Percy Watson, an alumnus of NXT when it was a competition show, was added to the commentary team to make it a three-man announce booth for this set of tapings
— #DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) appeared to celebrate their NXT Tag Team Championship victory with the crowd. Before they could address the NXT Universe on the Mic, Paul Ellering and the Authors of Pain appeared, demanding a title shot after winning the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament. However, The Revival also entered the arena and declared themselves the No. 1 contenders as they had a rematch for the titles they lost at NXT TakeOver: Toronto.
— Sanity (Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe) beat No Way Jose and WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann. Sawyer Fulton was not at ringside with the rest of the stable, and it was suggested the NXT Superstar was no longer a member of the group, with Young stomping on Fulton’s Sanity jacket and tossing it out of the ring. The match saw an appearance by the debuting Big Damo, who slammed Jose into the ring post and left alone. Young hit his wheelbarrow neckbreaker to pin Jose for the second week in a row.
— Ember Moon beat Kimber Lee. This was the NXT debut of the former Chikara Grand Champion, but she lost to Ember, who hit her diving corkscrew stunner finisher.
— Otis Dozovic and Tucker Knight defeated Johnny Knockout and Braeden Knight. Fans at Full Sail chanted “big, sweaty men” in reference to Knockout’s promo on WWE’s flagship show Raw several weeks ago. Dozovic and Knight, who were said to be very over with the crowd, dominated the match and Dozovic hit his finisher for the win.
— Tye Dillinger announces that there will be four one-on-one qualifying bouts to determine the contenders of a Fatal Four-Way match that will decide the No. 1 contender for the NXT Championship.
— Dillinger beat Eric Young. The Perfect 10 took the first slot in the four-way when Nikki Cross attacked him shortly after the opening bell for the disqualification. Big Damo reappeared and obliterated Dillinger. He again left without Sanity, leaving it ambiguous as to whether he’s actually a member of the group.
— Andrade “Cien” Almas beat No Way Jose. Almas nailed Jose with his legsweep DDT to take the second spot in the four-way.
— Roderick Strong beat Elias Samson. The Messiah of the Backbreaker pinned The Drifter quickly to qualify for the No. 1 contender’s match.
— Bobby Roode beat Oney Lorcan. The undefeated Glorious One delivered the Glorious Drop to pick up the win and take the last place in the four-way.
— Peyton Royce beat Sarah Bridges (Crazy Mary Dobson). Bridges ate a fisherman suplex for the loss.
— Shinsuke Nakamura beat Patrick Clark. Nakamura nailed Clark with Kinshasa for the victory. This was said to be a dark match and was the former NXT Champion’s only appearance at the tapings.
— Billie Kay beat Daria Berenato. Peyton Royce interfered, which let Kay hit the big boot for the win. Following the match, Kay said this was a message from the Aussie pair to the whole women’s division. The duo then challenged NXT Women’s Champion Asuka.
— The Authors of Pain fought Anthony Bowens and Johnny Vandal to a no contest. This is the match detailed above.
— Bobby Roode beat Roderick Strong, Andrade “Cien” Almas and Tye Dillinger in a Fatal Four-Way No. 1 Contender Elimination match. Strong picked up the first elimination over Almas but was eliminated himself by Dillinger. Roode then pinned Dillinger to become the No. 1 contender to Samoa Joe’s title.
— NXT Tag Team Championship: #DIY (c) beat The Revival. Gargano and Ciampa hit their knee strike/kick combo to retain their championship after around 12 minutes.
There’s at least one more match that will make it into to the next batch of NXT episodes, as Samoa Joe will defend his NXT Championship against Shinsuka Nakamura in the latter’s hometown of Osaka, Japan. This is the King of Strong Style’s official rematch after losing the title at NXT TakeOver: Toronto last month. The title match is scheduled to air on next week’s episode of NXT.
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