Kyle O’Reilly would make his NXT debut in 2017 at a television taping of NXT, leading to him linking back up with his friends Bobby Fish and Adam Cole at NXT Takeover Brooklyn III. Many fans consider Kyle O’Reilly the most critical faction in NXT, The Undisputed Era. Kyle would be featured in high-profile feuds with his Undisputed Era buddies throughout their reign as NXT top heel group.
Kyle O’Reilly’s time may be over with the WWE, and if that’s the case, let’s take a look back at his 5 best matches in the promotion.
5. Undisputed Era vs. Sanity vs. AOP & Roderick Strong – NXT Takeover: Wargames
The return Wargames match had a lot of excitement because it was the first time that wrestling fans saw the Wargames match in WWE. The wrestlers in this match told a great story, and the hatred between the factions was obvious throughout the match. One of the things that made the golden NXT era special was the great wrestlers and storytelling on the brand. There were plenty of high spots throughout the match that made for some extraordinary moments. The return Wargames delivered when it came to being a match filled with hate and war.
4. Finn Balor vs. Kyle O’Reilly – NXT Takeover: 31
NXT putting Kyle O’Reilly into the main event as a singles star was something that the brand should have been doing because Kyle was able to deliver in the match. Kyle and Finn put together a fantastic encounter here for the NXT Championship that was fast-paced and hard-hitting. The two NXT greats didn’t hold anything back in this one, and they delivered one of the most entertaining NXT world championships matches in recent history. The match would take place during the COVID-19 ERA of WWE, which would be a shame because this is a match that deserves to be seen in front of a large crowd. This is a match that many wrestling fans wish that they could have got on one of the main roster brands because these two have great in-ring chemistry.
3. Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly vs. The Revival
The golden NXT made sure that fans knew that they still cared about tag-team wrestling. This was a match that came out of nowhere and ended up being one of the best matches in NXT. NXT would take two of the greatest tag teams of this generation and place them together in a match that would deliver. This match could have been built as a serious feud instead of being on a random weekly episode of NXT. When fans look back at the NXT gold brand, they will see that it was years ahead of the main roster when putting together quality wrestling matches.
2. Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly (WWE NXT: Great American Bash 2021)
At NXT Takeover Vengeance day, Adam Cole would turn on his long-time friend, Kyle O’Reilly. Adam would superkick Kyle and begin a rivalry that would start with an Unsanctioned match at Takeover Stand and Deliver. Kyle would get his revenge in this match, but it wouldn’t be the final time they would wrestle. The two would meet in a rematch at the Great American Bash 2021 special, where they would meet in a traditional singles match. Adam Cole would win this match by hitting the Panama Sunrise on Kyle to end the 45-minute showdown.
1. Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly (Takeover 36)
Kyle O’Reilly would defeat Adam Cole in their final match, a two out of three falls match. The third fall would be a cage match with weapons that both men would use throughout the match. The match’s finish would have O’Reilly being handcuffed to the ropes, with Adam Cole drilling him multiple sidekicks. Kyle O’Reilly would catch one and lock in a heel hook despite being handcuffed to the ropes to pick up the submission win.
The first pinfall, O’Reilly would pick up, and Cole would pick up the second pinfall. The Takeover match between Adam Cole and Kyle would go down in history as one of the best matches in the history of NXT because these two had the perfect storyline friends turned enemies. The match would be Adam Cole’s last big feud before leaving WWE. It was the right choice to have Kyle O’Reilly win this match.