NXT wrestlers Toni Storm, Shotzi Blackheart and Karrion Kross wrestled in dark matches before tonight’s SmackDown at the ThunderDome, PWInsider reported.
It’s unclear who won each match, but these matches took place before SmackDown:
– Shotzi Blackheart vs. Toni Storm
– Karrion Kross vs. Cesaro
Also, Odyssey Jones wrestled Robert Roode. Jones, real name Omari Palmer, is a former college football player for Syracuse who has been signed with WWE since 2019 and had until now just worked a few NXT house shows.
Bronson Reed, who has worked a few dark matches over the past few weeks, reportedly did not wrestle tonight. Reed dropped the NXT North American Championship to Isaiah Scott Tuesday on NXT, signaling a possible call up to the main roster soon.
Kross has also wrestled a few dark matches and one match on Main Event over the past few weeks.
Last week before SmackDown, Blackheart defeated Scarlett in a dark match. It’s unclear if Scarlett accompanied Kross to the ring tonight.
Vince McMahon has been scouting NXT wrestlers more heavily recently, looking for new talent on Raw and SmackDown.