Tonight, there will be one hell of a Bash.
A Great American Bash.
WWE NXT returns tonight with their latest premium live event, as WWE NXT Great American Bash 2023 streams live from the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Austin, Texas via the WWE Network on Peacock this evening starting 7/6c.
On tap for tonight's highly-anticipated show are four title tilts, with Carmelo Hayes vs. Ilja Dragunov for the NXT Championship, Tiffany Stratton vs. Thea Hail for the NXT Women's Championship, Gallus vs. The Family for the NXT Tag-Team Championships and Dominik Mysterio vs. Wes Lee vs. Mustafa Ali for the NXT North American Championship.
Also scheduled for the show this evening is Gable Steveson vs. Baron Corbin, Roxanne Perez vs. Blair Davenport in a Weapons Wild match, as well as eight-person mixed tag-team action pitting the team of Dragon Lee, Nathan Frazer, Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz vs. The Meta-Four foursome of Noam Dar, Oro Mensah, Jakara Jackson & Lash Legend.
Featured below are complete WWE NXT Great American Bash results from Sunday, July 30, 2023. The following report was written by Rajah.com reporter Matt Boone (@MattBoone0709) as the show aired live from 7-11pm EST. on the WWE Network on Peacock.
WWE NXT GREAT AMERICAN BASH RESULTS (7/30/2023)
The WWE NXT Great American Bash 2023 premium live event gets underway at the top of the 7/6c hour, as the Kickoff Show premieres live via the WWE Network on Peacock, as well as YouTube and other WWE digital and social streaming platforms.
Welcoming us to the official pre-show for this year's show is Megan Morant. She is joined by Sam Roberts and Matt Camp, her fellow panelists for tonight's NXT GAB pre-show.
Now the trio runs down the advertised lineup for tonight's highly-anticipated event. From there, they send things over to McKenzie Mitchell who is looking to get a live interview in the locker room of NXT North American Champion Dominik Mysterio.
Instead of "Dirty" Dom, out comes "Mami" Rhea Ripley. The WWE Women's World Champion tells Mitchell she can talk to her. She tells her they always have a plan and tonight is no different.
She is super confident Dom-Dom is going to win and retain his title. She mentions him getting his mullet ready and closes by saying "Oh and before I forget, Mami's always on top."
After that, we head back inside the studio where Morant, Roberts and Camp give their thoughts on the triple-threat match scheduled for tonight with the NXT North American Championship on-the-line.
From there, we shoot to a video package looking at the scheduled Weapons Wild Match between Roxanne Perez and Blair Davenport. After that, the panelists introduce special footage from Dream Con, which shows Davenport sneak-attacking Perez with an ambush-attack from behind.
Back into the pre-show panel studio, we hear Morant, Roberts and Camp give their respective takes on the Weapons Wild Match. When they wrap up the talk on the Perez-Davenport bout, the panelists talk about the in-ring debut of Gable Steveson.
As they begin talking about the scheduled Gable Steveson vs. Baron Corbin bout for tonight's show, we shoot to "earlier today" footage of Steveson arriving to the building at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park for the show this evening. He walks up to the building with his Olympic gold medal around his neck.
Now the panelists run down a "Tale of the Tape" breakdown of notable stats for Steveson and Corbin, before digging into the match with their elaborate thoughts on what they expect to see happen.
They shoot to McKenzie Mitchell, who is standing backstage for a live pre-show interview with Baron Corbin. She asks him why he picked a fight with such a decorated newcomer. When she wishes him luck, he says he won't need luck tonight.
We head back to the panelists, who react to Corbin's words and then move on to introduce the NXT Women's Championship match scheduled for tonight, which features Tiffany Stratton defending her title against Thea Hail. The video package for the match airs.
Once they all weigh in with their thoughts and predictions on the match, which featured a very confident Sam Roberts explaining why Thea Hail has no chance tonight, they introduce the main event, which features Carmelo Hayes defending the NXT World Championship against Ilja Dragunov. The pre-match video for this one airs now.
Nathan Frazer, Dragon Lee, Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz vs. Noam Dar, Oro Mensah, Jakara Jackson & Lash Legend
Following their quick thoughts on the NXT World Championship main event of tonight's show, they mention the lone Kickoff Show eight-person mixed tag-team bout, which is coming up next. On that note, we head to a quick commercial break.
The commercial break wraps up, and then we shoot inside the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Austin, TX. for the first time this evening, where for the first time tonight we hear from the commentary duo of Booker T and Vic Joseph.
Joining Dragon Lee at the end of the entrance ramp is two of his three partners for this match, Yulisa Leon and Valentina Feroz. They all wait as the theme for Nathan Frazer hits. The Heritage Cup Champion makes his way out with the real Heritage Cup trophy and the four settle in the ring.
Now altogether, out comes The Meta-Four foursome of Noam Dar, Oro Mensah, Jakara Jackson and Lash Legend. Dar, who is revived and back to life after weeks of crippling depression, has his faux Heritage Cup trophy in-hand. He kisses it and sits it down before entering the ring with his team.
The bell sounds and we're officially off-and-running with this one. The true Heritage Cup Champion Nathan Frazer starts for his team, and the fake Heritage Cup Champion Noam Dar kicks things off for his. The two mix it up with back-and-forth action early on. Frazer hits a high back-body drop for a close near fall.
Leon and Legend tag in and start mixing it up. Leon tags out and brings in Feroz, and the two hit a double-team spot but it back-fires. Legend hoists her up and Donkey Kong's her into the mat for a big gasp from the crowd. She runs over her for a close near fall.
Jakara tags in for the first time in the match and keeps her sunglasses on for her first high spot, which pops the crowd. She takes them off and goes for the cover, but only gets two. Leon starts to take over, but Mensah tags himself in, killing their momentum. Dragon Lee comes in, however, and picks things right back up for his team, knocking Oro silly and going for a close near fall.
Mensah knocks Dragon Lee silly and then Dar feels confident enough to tag in and pick up where he left off. As the referee is distracted, all four members of The Meta-Four team gang up on Dragon Lee in the heel corner. Mensah tags back in and takes over as the fans try and rally behind the masked baby face, who desperately needs to make the tag.
Leon and Feroz tag in and they hit an insanely high leap-frog style dive over the top-rope for a huge splash on Jakara and Legend on the floor. Each of the other members in the match take turns running and hitting high spots from the ring to the floor in back-to-back-to-back fashion as well. Back in the ring, Dar goes for the cover on Frazer, but the Heritage Cup Champion kicks out and then blasts Dar with a super kick.
Frazer has Dar dead to rights but Jakara comes in and throws herself over Dar, stopping Frazer from finishing things off. A force tag happens and then after some confusion, we see Leon hit a top-rope missile drop kick before tagging in Feroz, who hits a big DDT for a close pin fall, which Noam Dar breaks up. Dragon Lee tags in and hits a Dragon-Screw on Dar. He runs into a big punch and knee strike from Dar, who tags in Mensah, who leaps with a kick off the ropes.
Now we see a series of high spots from the ring to the floor, which leaves Dragon Lee and Oro Mensah alone in the ring. Lee comes off the ropes with his finisher and scores the pin fall to pick up the victory for his team. Really good pre-show match to set the tone for tonight's show. Definitely did its' job bringing the crowd to life and getting them ready for an action-filled evening.
Winners: Nathan Frazer, Dragon Lee, Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz
NXT World Tag-Team Championship
Gallus (C) vs. The Family
We see the video package for the WWE NXT Great American Bash premium live event opener, which tells the story leading up to the scheduled NXT World Tag-Team Championship showdown between current title-holders Gallus (Mark Coffey & Wolfgang) and challengers The Family (Tony D'Angelo & Channing "Stacks" Lorenzo).
Morant, Roberts and Camp give their thoughts on the tag title bout and then run down the lineup for tonight's PLE one final time before wrapping up the Kickoff Show. On that note, it's time for the PLE portion of tonight's event to get underway.
The "WWE Then. Now. Forever. Together" opening signature narrated by John Cena airs and then we shoot into the WWE NXT Great American Bash 2023 cold open video package narrated by Cody Rhodes. We then shoot into the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Austin, TX. where Vic Joseph and Booker T welcome us to the show.
Now we hear the sounds of rats and we see on the big screen an enormous swarm of rats running. This fades back into the arena where the theme song drops for the challengers and out comes The Family duo of Tony D'Angelo and Channing "Stacks" Lorenzo to a big pop from the Texas crowd.
After the challengers settle inside the squared circle, we see a special intro video for Gallus and then out comes the reigning NXT World Tag-Team Champion duo of Mark Coffey and Wolfgang accompanied by Joe Coffey. The fans boo as the champs make their way down to the ring for our first bout of the evening.
The bell sounds and we're officially off-and-running with this one. We see Wolfgang and Stacks kick things off for their respective teams. Wolfgang charges across the ring and bull-rushes Stacks into the corner. He sets the offensive lead and then tags in Coffey, who picks up where he left off until eventually Stacks catches him with a picture-perfect drop kick.
This shifts the offensive momentum into the favor of the challengers. Stacks then heads over and tags in Tony D'Angelo. The fans break out in a loud "Tony D! Tony D!" chant as he works over Coffey. He tags Stacks back in, who first holds him while D'Angelo drills him in the bread basket with repeated shots. Stacks follows up on the attack and then goes for the cover, but only gets two.
Wolfgang tags back in and he immediately kills the momentum built up by the challengers. He runs over Stacks and then beats him down in the corner as the fans in Texas try and rally behind Lorenzo. We see Joe Coffey get his first blatant cheap shot in on Stacks from the floor at ringside. The referee didn't see it and Wolfgang immediately capitalizes on it as the fans loudly boo and then chant "Let's go Stacks!"
After another moment or so of this, we see Stacks finally make it to his corner to get the much-needed tag to the fresh D'Angelo. The crowd goes ballistic as "Da Don" hits the ring like a bat out of hell and starts taking it to both members of Gallus with relative ease. Stacks hits the ring and all four men start duking it out.
D'Angelo sits Coffey on the top rope. Stacks tags himself in and climbs to the top-rope in one corner. D'Angelo climbs up after Coffey. He hits a big super-plex and then Stacks leaps off the opposing top turnbuckle for a big high spot directly into a close pin fall attempt, which Wolfgang breaks up just in time to keep this one alive.
We see Coffey at ringside sneak in a foreign object, which distracts the referee. This allows Gallus to hit their double-team finisher for a close near fall, but D'Angelo breaks it up. On the floor, D'Angelo power bombs Coffey into Wolfgang onto the steps. Stacks hits a big dive. Back in the ring, The Family hits the Bada Boom, Bada Bing finisher for the pin fall victory. We have new NXT World Tag-Team Champions.
Winners and NEW NXT World Tag-Team Champions: The Family
Weapons Wild Match
Roxanne Perez vs. Blair Davenport
A WrestleMania 40 in Philadelphia video package airs and then we shoot into a quick commercial break in between matches. After we return, we see the pre-match video package telling the story leading up to tonight's Weapons Wild Match.
When the package wraps up, the theme for Roxanne Perez hits and out comes the former NXT Women's Champion to a nice pop from the Austin fans. We see footage of her being attacked yesterday at the Dream Con event in the area by Blair Davenport. We see Perez hugging her family in the crowd when we return live.
As she continues to greet friends and family that live in the area for the home state girl Perez, we see her get attacked from out of nowhere by Davenport, who strikes with an offensive assault from the crowd. She continues to beat Perez down at ringside until finally the former NXT Women's Champion starts to fight back.
Perez heads into the ring. Davenport grabs a chair and comes in after her, but eats a shot coming through the ropes. Perez then leaps onto her on the floor. Back in the ring, Perez clotheslines Davenport over the top and right back out to the unforgiving floor at ringside. She gives for a big suicide dive through the ropes, but leaps head-first into a steel trash can that Davenport holds up at the last second.
Davenport beats Perez down with a steel chair at ringside literally inches away from her mother and emotional young sister in the front row. Back in the ring, Davenport beats Perez down with multiple chairs and a trash can, before picking up a lead pipe or club of some kind, which looks similar to a golf club. She continues to violently pummel Perez with any weapons she can find.
Now she heads under the ring and pulls out trash can absolutely loaded with every type of foreign object you can think of, and many you can't. The fans try and rally behind the former NXT Women's Champion with loud "Let's go Roxy!" chants. Perez fights back but Davenport cuts her comeback short and goes back to beating her down right in front of her family, only stopping to taunt her and rub it in her family's face.
Finally we see Perez come back to life and start to take over on offense. She lets out a big war scream and then grabs a cow bell and proceeds to beat the living piss out of Davenport with it. She stops to pull out a table from under the ring for easily the loudest pop of the night. She sets the table up at ringside as the fans in the arena chant her name.
We see Perez look for her Pop-Rox finisher but Davenport counters with a modified Alabama Slam. Ouch. Perez looks for it again, but ends up getting launched throat-first into the ring ropes. Davenport misses a double stomp after that and Perez starts to fight back into competitive form. Davenport gets knocked to the floor and then Perez hits a running knee to her face as she is leaned up against the steel ring steps.
Roxanne picks up Blair and lays her across the table. Perez heads to the top-rope and leaps off with a big splash, putting Davenport through the table right in front of her family. She brings her back into the ring and waits for her to get up. She hits a devastating Pop Rox onto a big pile of steel chairs and scores the pin fall victory. Good match. Lots of fun. Crowd-friendly.
Winner: Roxanne Perez
Gable Steveson vs. Baron Corbin
We see a quick video hyping tonight's NXT World Championship main event between Carmelo Hayes and Ilja Dragunov and then we head to a quick commercial break.
When we return from the quick advertising time out, we see the pre-match video package for our next match of the evening, which features the highly-anticipated in-ring debut of Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson, as he goes one-on-one against Baron Corbin.
Back live inside the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, the familiar sounds of Baron Corbin's theme hits the house speakers. The "Lone Wolf" makes his way to the ring looking determined and confident.
Now the theme for Gable Steveson hits and out comes the Olympic gold medalist and the NCAA Champion with his wrestling singlet on and his Olympic gold medals around his neck. He gets an insanely big rock star reaction coming out.
Steveson even enters the ring like Kurt Angle, bouncing and twirling with his hands out-stretched while wearing his wrestling singlet and his Olympic gold medals around his neck. The fans even chant "You're not Angle!" during the early portion of the match, as after the bell rings, we see Steveson dominate the early action, using a lot of offense that feels patterned directly after the other notable Olympic gold medalist from WWE's past.
Outside of the ring, we see Corbin stop Steveson's momentum dead in its' tracks and he starts to take over. Back in the ring, Corbin continues to go to work on Steveson as the fans actually start chanting "Baron Corbin!" in a positive way. The fans are turning on Gable Steveson super quick after showing him a ton of love coming out to the ring.
The action spills out to the floor and they begin an aggressive back-and-forth brawl that doesn't feel like a match anymore as much as it does a fight. The fans are still super pro-Corbin, chanting "Let's go Corbin!" and booing anything positive Steveson does. They ignore the referee counting them out and the bell sounds. After they are counted out, they continue wildly brawling as the fans loudly chant "Bullsh*t! Bullsh*t!"
Back in the ring, they continue to brawl as referees and security officials struggle greatly to try and keep them apart. They fail miserably, as they continue to collide over and over again. They even take out part of the barricade during the melee. Steveson puts him through it and ends up standing tall in the ring as Corbin remains laid out in the rubble at ringside. We head to another commercial break after this.
Winner: Double Count Out
NXT North American Championship
Dominik Mysterio (C) vs. Wes Lee vs. Mustafa Ali
After a quick backstage segment, which sees Jacy Jane attack Lyra Valkyria as Rhea Ripley appears and mentions how she's loving what she's seeing from them, we head to the pre-match video package for our next bout of the evening.
With that said, the events leading up to tonight's triple-threat title tilt for the NXT North American Championship between reigning and defending title-holder Dominik Mysterio, former champion Wes Lee and Mustafa Ali are shown. After it wraps up, we shoot back inside the arena.
Wes Lee's theme hits and out he comes to the ring to a good reception from the Texas crowd. Out next is Mustafa Ali, to a decent reaction as well. Both guys wait in the ring and glare as Dominik Mysterio makes his way out for this scheduled defense of his newly won NXT North American Championship.
The bell sounds and we're officially off-and-running with this one. "Dirty" Dom immediately scoots under the bottom rope to avoid the early fight with Lee and Ali. They head out after him but Rhea Ripley comes over and stands in front of him to protect him. He runs into the ring and sprints across, trying to slide under the bottom rope again.
This time, however, Lee and Ali each grab his feet and drag him back into the ring, where they proceed to pummel him with a two-on-one beat down as the crowd goes absolutely bonkers seeing Dom-Dom get what he has had coming to him.
With Dom-Dom down and out of the picture, Lee and Ali turn their attention to each other. They start duking it out and they head to the corner, where we see them head to the top rope together for a big high spot. Before they can execute it, however, Mysterio recovers and knocks them both off and they each crash and burn in violent fashion on the unforgiving floor at ringside.
Back in the ring, we see "Dirty" Dom taking it to Lee, hitting him with the Three Amigos suplex sequence. Lee comes in and Dom hooks him for a fourth double one to finish things off, but they end up countering on him.
Ali fires up on offense and gets Lee in a Boston Crab at the same time he has Dom-Dom in a Camel Clutch. Dom ends up biting his way out of that unfortunate spot. He has Ali and Lee both set up for a 6-1-9. The fans boo as he goes for it, but they end up countering and stopping him before he can. Ali has Dom and Lee each laying back-first hanging over the bottom rope.
He leaps off the top-rope with a 450 splash on both guys, but they each move and he crashes and burns with a nasty landing on the hard part of the ring apron. Lee goes for a splash from the ring to the floor on Dom and Ali, but Rhea Ripley hops on the ring apron to stop him. He ends up building up a head of steam and leaping over her for an insane splash. Ripley loses her cool and power bombs Lee through the commentary table at ringside.
The fans explode and react with a loud "Holy sh*t!" chant. She rolls a lifeless Lee back into the ring and Dom covers him. Lee kicks out. Ripley screams like a crazy person at ringside. She throws him the title belt, which he blasts Lee with. He goes for the cover again and again Lee kicks out and Ripley screams like a psycho.
Ali hits his 450 splash and goes for the cover, but Ripley yanks him out to the floor. Dom heads up to the top-rope and hits a follow-up frog splash and steals the pin for the win to retain. The crowd gives the finish a ton of heat. Really good match.
Winner and STILL NXT North American Champion: Dominik Mysterio
NXT Women's Championship Submission Match
Tiffany Stratton (C) vs. Thea Hail
We head to a commercial break after the triple-threat North American title tilt. When we return, we see another brief video package hyping the NXT World Championship main event of the show this evening. We then shoot to McKenzie Mitchell, who is backtage with Trick Williams. He is pumped up and talks about his boy 'Melo being ready to shoot, and not miss, in his latest title defense later this evening.
Back live inside the arena, Vic Joseph and Booker T introduce the pre-match video package to tell the story leading up to our co-main event of the evening here at WWE NXT Great American Bash.
With that said, we see the events that led to tonight's rematch between Chase University's Thea Hail and the reigning and defending NXT Women's Champion, Tiffany Stratton. After the package wraps up, we head back inside the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.
The familiar sounds of the Chase University fight song plays and out comes Thea Hail accompanied by Andre Chase and the MVP of Chase U, Duke Hudson. She does her super-energetic entrance, screaming and yelling like a mental patient as always. The crowd is super into her here tonight in Austin, TX.
After Hail poses with Chase and Hudson in the ring, her music dies down. Now the theme for the reigning and defending title-holder hits and it's "Tiffy-Time" now as Tiffany Stratton makes her way out with her title strapped around her waist and a bedazzled pink cowboy hat on her head.
The champion and the challenger are in the ring and now the ring announcer handles the final formal pre-match ring introductions for this submission rules match. The bell sounds and we're officially off-and-running with our second-to-last match of the evening.
We hear the fans immediately break out in a loud "You tapped out!" chant aimed at Stratton, referencing Hail forcing her to tap out to the Kimura lock taught to her by Charlie Dempsey and Drew Gulak in the past. Speaking of that hold, within moments, we see Hail get Stratton on the mat and she snatches up the arm in the Kimura lock as the crowd explodes.
Stratton screams in pain but eventually frees herself. She takes over on offense after that to quiet down the crowd. The quiet crowd doesn't last for long, as they immediately start rallying behind the Chase U performer with loud chants and cheers. Hail gets beat down for several minutes and even gets stuck in a few close submission attempts from the champ.
Hail ends up snatching the Kimura out of nowhere on Tiffany for a big hope spot that lights the crowd on fire. Stratton takes over again after that and after another prolonged run in the offensive driver's seat, she heads to the top-rope. Unfortunately for her, she leaps off and is caught by Hail, who locks her right back up in the Kimura. This time it looked extremely close to finishing this one off, but Stratton eventually gets to the ropes.
At ringside, Stratton takes back over and slams Hail into the steel ring steps, before bringing her back into the ring. The fans break out in a loud dueling "No she didn't!" and "Yes she did!" chant reacting to the "You tapped out!" chant at Stratton from the Kimura lock Hail had her in moments ago. Stratton locks Hail in a Boston crab that looks close. Chase is shown giving her encouragement in animated fashion at ringside. Hudson as well. She can't escape and after several moments, Chase throws in the towel.
Winner and STILL NXT Women's Champion: Tiffany Stratton
WWE NXT World Championship
Carmelo Hayes (C) vs. Ilja Dragunov
It's main event time!
We see footage of The Schism talking backstage about how they are going to one-by-one unmask their minions to find out what is going on with the two rogue masked members as of late. We then shoot to the pre-match video package for our main event of the evening.
After the package wraps up, we return inside the arena where Ilja Dragunov's theme hits and out he comes to a huge reaction from the WWE NXT Universe in attendance. We see him leading the fans in singing and chanting and then his music dies down.
A special elaborate pre-match entrance video airs with quotes from legends like Dusty Rhodes, Muhammad Ali and others. After it wraps up, we hear the familiar sounds of the entrance theme song for Carmelo Hayes.
Out comes the reigning and defending NXT World Champion accompanied by Trick Williams to a big reaction from the Texas crowd. The ring announcer handles the final pre-match formal ring introductions for the champion and the challenger.
Now the bell sounds and we're officially off-and-running with our final match of the evening here at the WWE NXT Great American Bash 2023 premium live event from the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Austin, TX.
We see the two go face-to-face and then they start to get after it. We see Hayes doing well early on, however when he makes the mistake of waking Dragunov up by blasting him with a super loud chop that echoed throughout the building, we see Dragunov flash the psycho peepers and get enraged.
Dragunov nearly caves in the champs chest with a lone chop of his own. This is the start of Dragunov taking over for what turns out to be a lengthy, prolonged run in the offensive driver's seat. He comes close to finishing off Hayes a few times, but 'Melo Game hangs on and keeps this one alive.
Vic Joseph points out the welts on the chest of Hayes from the single chop that Dragunov delivered to Hayes several minutes ago. We see a close-up shot of Trick Williams trying to yell words of encouragement to Hayes at ringside. The fans also loudly start trying to rally behind Hayes with chants in his favor.
Hayes fires up and after tapping into his inner-Jon Moxley, he grabs onto Dragunov's hands and proceeds to stomp the hell out of every part of his body over-and-over-and-over again.. Hayes hits an insane tilt-a-whirl DDT after coming off the ropes. The fans explode and settle into extremely loud "NXT! NXT!" chants as we see immediate replays of that cool spot.
Moments later, Hayes leaps off the middle rope backwards, ala Darby Allin doing a Coffin Drop, and on the way down and connects with an awesome DDT. He goes for the cover but Dragunov kicks out. The fans chant "This is Awesome!" Dragunov fights back and connects with a big senton off the top-rope for a close near fall of his own.
Now we see Dragunov climbing to the top-rope on the opposite side of the ring, way away from Hayes. He goes for a Coast-to-Coast leap ala Rob Van Dam in his prime, but on the way down, he is caught by Hayes, who pops up out of nowhere and connects with a Code-Breaker for an earth-shattering pop.
Dragunov fights back and runs over Hayes. He goes for the immediate pin attempt but again, somehow Hayes gets his shoulder up just in time. Hayes recovers and takes Dragunov to the top-rope. He leaps off backwards with Dragunov and connects on the way down with an insane cutter for another extremely, extremely close near fall attempt.
Vic Joseph asks what Hayes has to do to finish Dragunov off, and that's a very legitimate question at this point. We see Trick Williams yelling at ringside about how this is the fourth quarter and an important time in the match for 'Melo. He grabs Hayes' title belt and heads back to the ring apron on the floor. Dragunov starts kicking Hayes as he makes his way back to his feet.
We see Dragunov taking it to Hayes and then things pick up one final time. In the end, we see Trick Williams laid out at ringside after Dragunov leaps off the steps with a headbutt on him. Seconds later, in the ring, Hayes finishes Dragunov for the win by leaping off the top-rope with his finisher, which he don't miss when he shoots, to retain his NXT World Championship in an absolutely must-see performance to wrap up this year's WWE NXT Great American Bash 2023 premium live event.
Go out of your way to see this if you haven't already. It's worth it. The commentary duo of Vic Joseph and Booker T talk us through some of the key highlights of the match. We return live and see Hayes celebrating with his title in the ring. That's how the WWE NXT Great American Bash 2023 show goes off the air. Thanks for joining us!
Winner and STILL NXT World Champion: Carmelo Hayes