A chaotic night in NXT saw two former friends at war once again as Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole scrapped it out backstage before NXT General Manager William Regal announced that the two men would meet one-on-one at NXT’s The Great American Bash on July 6th.
The Undisputed Era exploded at NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day in February after Cole delivered a shocking superkick to O’Reilly in the aftermath of the main event. Cole’s betrayal led to the two men facing off in an Unsanctioned Match in the main event of Night 2 of NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver during WrestleMania week. That brutal match ended when O’Reilly wrapped his leg in chains and delivered his diving knee drop onto Cole and pinned him for the victory.
The two men shared the ring once again at NXT TakeOver: In Your House. They were part of the Fatal Five-Way match for the NXT Championship. Joined by fellow challengers Pete Dunne and Johnny Gargano, none of the four men could capture the title from reigning champion Karrion Kross.
Kross was in for a rude awakening at the beginning of NXT as after telling Regal it was time for him to walk away from his beloved black and gold brand, he was confronted by a returning Samoa Joe. Joe was initially offered Regal’s position of GM but Joe flatly refused instead becoming Regal’s fixer to keep the stars of NXT in line.
This was needed as at the end of the night O’Reilly and Cole were seen brawling backstage. With security struggling to keep them apart Regal told the men they could settle their differences once and for at The Great American Bash. As the men kept brawling Joe made his not inconsiderable presence felt after initially being brushed aside by Adam Cole. Joe took his jacket off before locking Cole in the Coquina Clutch and putting Bay-Bay to sleep.