WWE NXT‘s October 14 edition promised a huge show with title impacts. For NXT Halloween Havoc, multiple No. 1 contenders were to be crowned while a major title match for the main event was confirmed. WWE NXT showcased a tag team game between The Undisputed Era and Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch‘s team, a No.1 Contender’s match for the NXT Women’s Championship, and Dexter Lumis challenging Damian Priest in two weeks ahead of NXT Halloween Havoc for the NXT North American Championship. NXT Champion Damian Priest of North America was afraid of facing absolutely nobody else, but Dexter Lumis is a unique prospect. The enigmatic Superstar had an opportunity for his first taste of gold, having lost his title opportunity to injury. The Halloween Havoc host was also looking for the show’s main event in a match with Io Shirai, but she had to defeat Candice LeRae. In a royal battle, Poison Pixie made a great impression on Blackheart earlier, but this time, it was one on one. A pair of future NXT Women’s Championship competitors were also present. While Toni Storm was set for her first action in months, Ember Moon had an exclusive sit-down conversation. It was awaited for top talent from Fandango and Tyler Breeze to step up to them and later on finally the game was up. There was an opportunity for Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch to face Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish. The winner took a shot at the champions of the NXT tag team. Johnny Gargano had a score to settle when his wife fought for a chance at gold. The Rebel Heart, hoping to be another veteran to shut up the young talent, stepped up to Austin Theory.
Johnny Wrestling was outwrestled early on by the Future Face of NXT, but some gloating allowed Gargano to hit Austin Theory with some nasty shots to the jaw. As Gargano worked over the shoulder, a chop to the chest and an arm drag took Theory down. With a drop-toe hold, Gargano was sent face-first into the turnbuckle. Theory followed it up with a dropkick rolling slingshot. Again, the arrogant character of Theory allowed Gargano time to recover. As we cut to the commercial break, the slingshot spear connected. When we returned, Gargano was in an abdominal stretch with Theory. Theory managed to break away and pitched Gargano to the chest for a slingshot boost. The theory was nearly countered by a rolling dropkick, but Theory stopped on a dime and caught Gargano‘s foot. As Gargano rolled right into a superkick, he gave Gargano a taste of his own medicine. The NXT Triple Crown Champion was frazzled by a fisherman’s neck breaker to Theory’s knee.