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Tonight’s NXT will see a rare in-ring performance from the Prince, Finn Balor, when he teams with his most recent foe, Kyle O’Reilly, to take on Pete Dunne’s lackeys Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan. Balor and O’Reilly seemed to have formed an unlikely alliance for the time being, as Dunne looks to hurt Balor long before the next TakeOver.
The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic continues tonight, both men and women’s rounds. Killian Dain and Drake Maverick will face newcomers MSK in the quarter-final, while on the other side of the bracket Grizzled Young Veterans take on Leon Ruff & Kushida. As for the women’s tournament, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez will go head-to-head with Aaliyah & Jessi Kamea. Who do you think will progress?
The only other scheduled match for tonight is a pretty big one, as Santos Escobar puts his Cruiserweight Championship on the line against Curt Stallion. And that’s all we know ahead of the show. Let us know what match you’re excited to see and hit that refresh button when the show starts. Enjoy!
This week’s NXT opens with a look back at last week’s main event between Tomasso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher, which ended with their potential union.
We start things off with Nash Lee and Drake Maverick, and Drake takes the back and slams him down. Drake takes a bulldog headlock but Lee uses his strength to get up and force Maverick to the corner. They break apart and stare at each other before locking up and again Maverick gets the better with a front facelock takedown. Lee counters with a wristlock, then whips Drake to the corner and makes the tag to Nash Carter.
Carter and Lee team-up to hit a Bronco Buster on Drake and get a one-count. Carter tags Lee in again and he hits a tope, then immediately tags Nash back in and he hits a tope for a two-count. Carter whips Maverick and attempts a dropkick but Drake holds the ropes to avoid it. Maverick runs and tags Dain, who in turn throws Maverick unknowingly into Carter. Dain knocks Lee off the apron and puts Carter in the corner where he clubs him. Dain tags Maverick and they hit a drop toe-hold, leg-drop, and Dain body slams Maverick onto Carter for a two-count.
Dain hits a pump kick to Carter in the corner for a near-fall and Lee broke the pin attempt before retreating to the apron. Carter gets the tag and teams with Lee for a series of strikes to drop Dain to his knees. Killian just angry and shoves Lee off the top rope crashing to the floor. Carter checks on Lee and Maverick stops Dain from getting out of the ring as we head to the break.
We return to find Dain and Maverick beating on Lee in the corner. Maverick hits a snapmare and a senton for a two-count, then makes the tag to the beast of Belfast. Dain drops Lee with a right hand, then hits a body slam and a senton. Tag to Drake and he goes back to the headlock but Lee throws him off and tags Carter, who comes in hot with lariats to Maverick. Carter his a knee, then an enziguiri in the corner.
Carter hits a running soccer kick to Maverick, then dropkicks Dain off the apron before tagging Lee. Carter does a moonsault and Lee shoves him onto Maverick in mid-air, then Dain breaks the pinfall attempt. Dain is knocked from the ring and Carter dives off the top ropes onto him on the floor. Meanwhile Maverick rolls-up Lee for a near-fall. Lee hits a back elbow to Maverick and tags Carter so they can hit a spinebuster/blockbuster to get the win!
The young boys, MSK, have progressed to the semi-final of the 2021 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, where they will face the winners of Lucha House Party Vs. Legado del Fantasma.
We see Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch arriving at the arena earlier today, and dropped off by Pete Dunne.
Coming up next is another match from the first round of the Women’s Dusty Classic!
Curt Stallion has a sit-down interview with Mackenzie and she asks what makes him special. He asks her if she’s ever driven 19 hours by herself and she has not. Well he has, he’s driven from state to state across the country and one night he was driving along a dirt road. Nothing around but tumbleweed. He looked up and saw a sea of stars and he knew, he was Curt ‘The Lone Star’ Stallion. And now he plans to win the Cruiserweight Championship and strap the proverbial rocket to his back.
This match begins with Raquel and Aaliyah, and they lock-up. Aaliyah tries to power Gonzalez back but can’t move her. She gets shoved back and Kamea tags in. Kamea gets grabbed by Raquel but wriggles free and knocks her into the corner, then hits a running forearm. Kai swings a kick at Kamea but she avoids it, but the distraction allows Gonzalez to drop her. Kai tags in and hits Kame a but she no-sells it and body slams Kai before hitting a rope-assisted elbow drop.
Kamea tags Aaliyah and they hit a double-team move and look very proud of themselves. Aaliyah hits a running neckbreaker for a two-count. Kai counters an Irish whip but runs into the buckles and eats a big boot from Aaliyah. Kai rolls out of the ring and Aaliyah goes after her. The reprieve allows Dakota to hit a pump kick on the floor and get Aaliyah back inside. Tag made to Gonzalez and she slows the pace and hits a spinning bodyslam for a near-fall.
Raquel whips Aaliyah into the corner and she falls down, then Kai tags in and hits a running face-wash for a two-count. Kai puts Aaliyah in the corner and tags Gonzalez for repeated shoulder tackles. Gonzalez tags Kai and hits Aaliyah with a hip toss, then she throws Kai onto Aaliyah with a double stomp for a near-fall. Kai takes a sleeper hold but Aaliyah slowly fights up and tags are made to both women. No hot tag this time though, Gonzalez decapitates Jessi with a clothesline, then hits a modified chokeslam for the win.
Kai and Gonzalez have advanced to the semi-finals, where they will face Kayden Carter and Kacy Catanzaro next week.
The Way is interviewed backstage and it winds-up being Theory intending to say Kushida’s name but Gargano losing it and saying he can’t say it. It doesn’t matter that Kushida has beaten him, he isn’t getting a title shot. They leave and Dexter Lumis appears behind a curtain, watching them.
We see Scarlett reading more tarot cards and speaking cryptically about Karrion Kross killing everyone.
We see a video of Tegan Nox training with Brie Larson on Larson’s YouTube channel, which you can watch tomorrow!
The match begins and Rust takes the back of the unfamiliar Rios, and slams him down. Rust slams him a few times, then swipes his feet at him, as if cleaning the crap off his shoes. Rios gets mad and runs at Rust but gets grabbed from behind again. Rios hits a sunset flip for a two-count, then an arm drag. He attempts a leapfrog but Rust stops in his tracks and drops him with a right hand. Rust twist the wrist and kicks his arm twice.
Rust starts targeting the arm and stomping on it like Shayna Baszler. Rios jumps on his back but quickly gets swung off and slammed hard. Rios starts firing back but gets dropped with a right hand. Rust runs at him in the corner but gets rolled-up for a two-count. Rios hits a few knife edge chops, then catches him with a tilt-a-whirl guillotine. Rust runs him back-first into the buckles to break free, then hits a European uppercut and a big boot. Rust applies a modified butterfly submission for the win.
Finn Balor is backstage and up walks Kyle O’Reilly. He asks Balor if he’s ready and Finn says he’s always ready. O’Reilly asks if he can trust him and Balor says “what do you think?” Kyle says he doesn’t have to trust him so long as they’re on the same page. Balor says he’ll see him out there and they share a tense staredown.
Kushida starts with Gibson and Kushida and they lock-up. Kushida attempts an early armbar but Gibson breaks free. Kushida beats him into the corner and tries to whip him to the opposite corner but Drake jumps onto the buckles to prevent the impact. Gibson then hits Kushida and backs him into the corner where he tags James Drake. Kushida gets punched a few times, then grabbed in a headlock but he breaks away and tags Leon Ruff.
Ruff immediately attacks the leg of Drake, then jumps from rope to rope like Spider-Man before sliding under Drake’s legs and grabbing his arm. Kushida tags in and teams with Ruff to hit a series of kicks and stereo dropkicks. Kushida takes the wrist and tags Ruff, who jumps off the top rope with a stomp to the arm. Ruff twists the arm and slams it over his own shoulder, then chops the chest and hits a springboard hurricanrana.
Ruff takes a front facelock but Drake breaks free and slams Ruff down. Drake knocks Kushida off the apron and tags Gibson. They attempt a double suplex but Kushida stops it and knocks Drake from the ring, then Ruff hits a springboard cutter to Gibson and they score a near-fall as we head to the break.
Back live and Drake is holding Ruff down with a wristlock. Ruff tries to fight back but gets lifted and ran to the corner. Ruff hits a sunset flip for two but quickly gets dropped with a clothesline. Ruff is knocked from the ring and Gibson gets the tag. The Grizzly Vets hit a double-team backbreaker on the floor, then Gibson gets Ruff inside and gets cocky. Ruff counters him and attempts a tag but Drake comes in and stops him.
Kushida does get the tag and comes off the top with an axe handle, then an atomic drop, hip toss and a cartwheel dropkick. Kushida hits a running dropkick to the arm of Drake, then attempts a double-arm DDT but Drake runs him into the corner where Gibson tags himself in. Kushida counters a suplex attempt and looks for an octopus stretch but Gibson powers out and hits a chop to the throat. Drake tags in and they hit a Doomsday Device for a near-fall! The GYV can’t believe that wasn’t it.
Drake unloads some ground-and-pound, then they look for Ticket to Mayhem but Kushida slides off Gibson’s shoulder and takes out both with handspring back elbows. Ruff gets the tag as both Veterans roll outside, and Ruff hits them both with dives, then gets Gibson back inside for a slingshot lariat. Ruff goes up top and looks for a swanton but Drake pulls Gibson out of the way, then tags himself in. Drake kicks Kushida off the apron and they hit Ticket to Mayhem for the win!
The Liverpudlians progress to the Semi-Finals of the Dusty Classic, where they will face either Undisputed Era or Ciampa & Thatcher. After GYV’s leave, Gargano and Theory run down and attack Ruff and Kushida. They knock Ruff out of the ring and focus on Kushida. Theory goes out and grabs Ruff to make him watch Gargano hit the floatover DDT from the apron. Gargano grabs the North American Championship and holds it in Kushida’s face, but suddenly Dexter Lumis appears behind the barricade and scares Theory. Gargano and Theory don’t want anything to do with Lumis.
The camera cuts backstage and Curt Stallion is down, holding his leg. Referees are checking on him and William Regal appears, asking him what happened. Stallion says it was Legado and Regal storms off.
We’re back and a furious William Regal confronts Santos Escobar and his goons in the locker room. He says Curt Stallion is unable to compete and he knows they did it. Well next week he will defend the title against Stallion, and if Curt winds-up hurt again he’ll be stripped of the title. Regal leaves and Fantasma laugh amongst each other. Escobar lifts his title and finds a tarot card from Karrio Kross that says the end is near. They look scared for a moment, then laugh and throw the card away.
Toni Storm comes to the ring and takes a microphone. Storm says that when she says she’s going to do something, she does it. Like when she won the first ever Mae Young Classic, and beat Io Shirai in the final to do it. And she wanted to be the first women to win the Women’s Dusty Cup but Io Shirai took that from her. So now she wants to hurt and ruin her. But more than anything, she wants to take the NXT Women’s Championship from her.
Io answers the call and takes the microphone from her. Io says she will fight Toni anytime, anywhere. She’s already made it clear she doesn’t like her. Storm hits a double leg and starts throwing right hands but Io quickly turns the tables. Shirai hits a dropkick that knocks Storm out of the ring, then taunts her to come back in. Mercedes Martinez appears from behind Io and attacks her. She hits Io with a chokeslam, then lifts the NXT Women’s Championship.
Toni comes in and grabs the title from her and they start shoving each other, but Shirai jumps in from the ropes and knocks Storm from the ring. Shirai knocks Martinez into the corner and hits double knees, then goes up top for a moonsault but Storm pulls her down, then drags Mercedes out of the ring and slams her into the apron. Storm gets into the ring and beats Io down in the corner, then hits a running knee attack. Storm lifts the Women’s Championship and smile.
Isiah ‘Swerve’ Scott is interviewed backstage and asked why he has had a bad attitude recently. Scott says there are a lot of people have had a bad attitude recently but it seems the finger only gets pointed at him. He makes Mackenzie point her finger at him to prove his point. He’ll be facing Bronson Reed, next!
We see a promo video for Imperium, with them saying one year ago they were united on America soil and proved they were a force to be reckoned with. But through the year they have been isolated in different countries, and they have succeeded in them. However Imperium’s strength is in its unity, and Alexander Wolfe’s arrival is just the beginning.
Undisputed Era is interviewed backstage and asked about facing Thatcher and Ciampa. Cole says nobody knows how good Ciampa is better than they do and they also know how tough Thatcher is. Roderick says they’re great, but they don’t have the chemistry he and Cole have. So there is no way those dorks will prevent them from being two-time Dusty Cup winners.
The match gets underway and Reed immediately forces Swerve to the corner until the referee forces him back. Swerve connects with a leaping knee but Reed doesn’t fall. Reed tosses Swerve over the ropes head-first but Scott lands on his feet. Swerve drags Reed out of the ring and to the floor, then kicks him from the apron. He tries for it again but Reed catches the foot and swings it back so Swerve lands head-first on the apron. Reed and Swerve get back in the ring but Reed clotheslines him right back out before hitting a suicide dive!
We return to find Swerve holding Reed down with a wristlock. Scott runs him shoulder-first into the turnbuckles, then back down to the mat for an armbar. Reed fights up to his feet but Swerve clobbers him with body shots. Scott looks for a springboard but gets swatted out of mid-air. Reed hits a huge collision course, then a senton that crushes Isiah. Reed hits a supex into a Death Valley driver for a near-fall.
Scott again targets the shoulder to get Reed off of him. Reed goes to the middle rope but Swerve clocks him with a Capoeira kick. Swerve climbs up and grabs a Kimura, then leaps off the ropes to slam the arm. Swerve kicks Reed in the face before hitting a 450 splash for a near-fall. Scott can’t believe it. He grabs Reed by the hair and talks trash to him, then slaps his face a few times. Bronson fires back with a headbutt and a short-arm lariat. Reed goes up top for a Tsunami and that’s that.
Tomasso Ciampa cuts a promo backstage. He says he’s been doing this for sixteen years and there’s the fights you win and the fights you lose. Then there’s the fights you remember. Timothy Thatcher grabs a chair and sits beside Ciampa. He says out of the fight pit comes a changed man. Respect grows. Ciampa says next week they go to war with Undisputed Era in one of the final two quarter final match-ups.
We start the match with Lorcan and Finn. It’s a lightning-quick start as Balor is shot to the ropes but hits a hip-toss and takes the wrist of Lorcan. Balor tags O’Reilly, while Lorcan brings in Burch. They lock-up and Kyle takes a side headlock but Burch backs him into the corner and tags Lorcan. Oney hits a stiff European uppercut, then another and tags Burch who does the same to target the injured jaw.
Burch holds O’Reilly down with a headlock. Kyle slowly fights up and makes a tag to Balor, who resumes his rapid pace with a quick wristlock and elbow strikes. O’Reilly tags in and continues the same offence. They make use of quick tags and target Burch’s arm. Lorcan runs in but eats stereo back elbows, then they do the same to Burch and he rolls out to regroup with Lorcan.
Balor makes the tag as we come back from the break, and he runs through Lorcan and knocks Burch off the apron. Balor stomps Lorcan down, then intercepts Burch and does the same to him. Lorcan grabs Finn from behind and forces him to the corner where they try to isolate and beat him down. Burch and Lorcan hit a double atomic drop and Lorcan follows-up with a Russian leg sweep for a two-count. Balor creates some distance with a Pele kick to Lorcan, then drags himself towards O’Reilly but Lorcan grabs his wrist to stop it.
Finn forearms Lorcan and tries to tag but gets whipped to the corner. Balor elbows Burch off the apron and hits Lorcan with a slingblade. Tags to O’Reilly and Burch, and Kyle comes in hot with stiff kicks to the chest, then a spinning sweep to drop Burch. O’Reilly with a running forearm in the corner, then sweeps the legs of Burch again. Burch this the jaw and goes to the middle rope and jumps but gets caught in a heel hook and instantly taps!
The unlikely duo put their differences aside for one night and came out on top. After the match Dunne comes into the ring and O’Reilly is dragged out of the ring by Lorcan. Dunne and Finn throw hands but the numbers overwhelm the Champion. O’Reilly tries to help but he too gets beat down. Lorcan and Burch hold Finn while Dunne snaps his fingers. Cole and Strong come running down but the damage is done. Balor stands side-by-side with Undisputed Era, then takes a few steps back and leaves the ring.
That’s it for this week’s WWE NXT. Let us know what you thought of the show and be sure to check out our results and highlights for AEW Dynamite. Until next time, stay safe!