WWE NXT Takeover: Vengeance Day event will go down tonight and Ringside News has got you covered with our exclusive live play-by-play results coverage.
Start time for Vengeance Day starts at 7:00 PM EST, with the Kickoff Pre-show starting at 6:30PM ET. Match-by-match highlights and results from the show will take place on this very page. Feel free to leave any reactions in the comment section below.
As with any TakeOver since the dawn of NXT, we’re set for five matches tonight. The main event will see the NXT Champion, Finn Balor, face Pete Dunne in a feud that has become intense in a short period of time. Dunne made his presence known to the Champion by snapping his fingers a few weeks ago and now Balor is out for revenge. Who will walk out as the NXT Champion, let us know you predictions below!
The NXT Women’s Championship will also be in contention tonight as Io Shirai defends against Toni Storm and Mercedes Martinez in a Triple Threat. Johnny Gargano will defend his North American Championship against Kushida with Dexter Lumis looming in the background. And the other two matches are the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Classic for both men and women, as MSK battle Grizzled Young Veterans, and Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez face Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon.
And that’s the rundown for NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day. We want to know what you’re hoping to see from the show and your predictions for the results. We’ll have live coverage right here from 6:30 PM EST. Enjoy the show!
Sam Roberts, Wade Barrett, and Brandon Walker are hosting the Kick-Off Show. They talk about how excited they are for the Dusty Cup matches, then run down the card while we see Balor and Dunne arriving at the CWC.
We see a video package of the Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and hype up the final tonight. Sam Roberts says we can’t forget how important these tournaments are because the winners almost always go on to big things, like Finn Balor.
The guys discuss Io Shirai Vs. Martinez Vs. Toni Storm. Sam says Io is the best women’s wrestler on the planet but that the other women in this match are very hungry. Barrett says he knows how hard it is to retain a Championship and Io has to do it tonight against two other women. Roberts says Io has defended against multiple opponents before and came out on top.
A video package of the Men’s Dusty Rhodes Classic airs to hype the final between MSK and Grizzled Young Veterans. MSK is interviewed backstage and they say it doesn’t get any better than this. They mock the Veterans and say this is their time. Sam Roberts says he loves this match-up because it’s the hot-shot young tag team taking on the angry Veterans.
LA Knight, formerly Eli Drake on Impact, shows-up on and pushes Sam Roberts out of the picture. Knight insults Wade Barrett and Brandon, calling them cross-eyed half-wits and puts everyone on blast. He says he’s coming for all the gold and it was a fantastic promo.
The panel return to normal after a video hyping Kushida Vs. Johnny Gargano for the North American Championship. They don’t give Johnny much of a chance, then turn their attention to Balor Vs. Dunne. Sam says it’s only February but he guarantees this will be the match of the year.
That’s it for the Vengeance Day Kick-Off Show. The main show is beginning right now!
Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic
Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez Vs. Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon
Shotzi starts the match against Gonzalez and takes her back with a sleeper. Raquel slings Shotzi off and she makes the tag to Moon. Gonzalez elbows Moon but gets caught in a Black Widow submission. Gonzalez throws Moon off but Shotzi comes in and they double-team her but Raquel throws Moon out of the ring and slams Shotzi. Gonzalez lifts and slams Shotzi into the corner for repeated shoulder tackles before tagging Kai.
Blackheart quickly takes over and uses quick tags with Ember to isolate Kai. Shotzi applies a single leg Boston crab but Dakota gets to get her feet and swings an enziguiri but Shotzi ducks and drags her over to the corner. Moon comes in and takes a heel hook on Dakota. Kai slowly fights back and makes the tag to Gonzalez after some confusion when the referee missed a tag. Gonzalez runs through Moon and Blackheart, hitting both with fallaway slams.
Blackheart knocks Raquel out of the ring and slaps her a few times from the apron. Shotzi jumps for a hurricanrana but Gonzalez holds on and powerbombs her into the barricade! Ember and Dakota are still going at it in the ring but Gonzalez cuts Moon off and drops her with a right hand. Dakota tags in again and hits a running kick to Moon in the corner. Ember rallies and hits both women with a senton, then goes up top and hits The Eclipse!
Moon covers but Dakota gets inside and distracts the referee. Raquel gets up and grabs Moon but Shotzi hits them both with a front dropkick from up top. Moon hits a scissors kick for a near-fall, then tags are made to both women. Blackheart runs through Dakota and hits her with a spinning facebuster for a near-fall. Gonzalez tags in and Shotzi hits Sliced Bread, then dives through Moon’s legs with a suicide dive to Dakota. Shotzi and Dakota double-team Raquel, hitting a sunset flip and a splash for a near-fall.
Dakota returns to the apron but Shotzi gets her up in an electric chair, then Moon dives off the top rope with a crossbody and all three are down on the floor. Raquel gets Moon back in the ring but Ember kicks her in the knee and goes to a modified STF. Dakota breaks the submission and hits Shotzi with a rolling backbreaker for a near-fall. Gonzalez tags back in and slams Shotzi, then throws Moon over the ropes onto the elevated ramp. Raquel goes out and tosses
Moon off the stage, then goes back in but Blackheart hits a springboard leg drop to crush her. Shotzi tosses Dakota over the ropes onto Gonzalez, then looks to jump onto them both but Raquel shoves her off into the ring. Raquel then body presses Dakota over the ropes onto Shotzi before getting inside and hitting the one-hand powerbomb to win the whole thing!
Winners: Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez
North American Championship
(C) Johnny Gargano Vs. Kushida
The match gets underway and Kushida dives onto Gargano with an armbar but Johnny grabs the ropes. They take the fight to the ground and struggle for control. Kushida takes a headlock and Gargano flings him off and looks for a rolling kick but Kushida ducks it. They continue exchanging amateur holds but Gargano slides out of the ring and Kushida chases after but Johnny tosses him into the steel steps.
Kushida gets Johnny in the Hoverboard Lock on the floor and he taps but it doesn’t count. Kushida gets Gargano back in the ring and goes to work on the arm and ribs. Kushida utilises joint manipulation to target the arm but Gargano tosses him over the rope and hits a neckbreaker on the apron. Johnny hands Kushida on the apron and delivers a few elbows to the back of the neck. Gargano takes a headlock but Kushida reverses into an octopus stretch. Gargano powers himself free and both men hit stereo clotheslines.
They exchange shots and Gargano hits an enziguiri but Kushida gets him in an ankle lock. Johnny reaches the ropes but Kushida hits a German suplex followed by a superkick for a near-fall. Kushida throws Gargano to the apron and Johnny attempts a spear through the ropes but gets caught and Kushida DDT’s him and carries through into another. Gargano rolls to the apron and looks for the float-over DDT but Kushida hits an enziguiri. Kushida grabs Johnny by the arm and runs him shoulder-first into the ring post.
Gargano knocks him back and goes to the top rope but Kushida hits a handspring kick. Kushida attempts a superplex but Gargano twists in mid-air to counter it, then follows-up with a springboard tornado DDT. Gargano looks for a headscissors but Kushida avoids it, then hits his own into an armbar but Johnny counters it and they go back and forth. Gargano rolls him up for two, then they hit stereo clotheslines again.
Both men slowly climb to their feet and start throwing punches and kicks. Kushida looks for another handspring back elbow but gets caught in the Gargano Escape! Kushida fights the hold and eventually turns it into the Hoverboard Lock. They exchange roll-ups then Gargano hits a superkick and Kushida looks for a tilt-a-whirl into the armbar again but Gargano lawn-darts him into the turnbuckle. Gargano catches Johnny with a chicken-wing suplex into the buckles.
Kushida takes Gargano up to the top rope and hits a flying armbar. Gargano fights it and flirts with tapping but gets his feet on the rope. Johnny rolls out of the ring and Kushida disappears, then appears on the top of the stage and runs down to kick Gargano’s arm. Kushida gets Johnny inside and goes to the armbar again but Gargano slams him into the ropes. Kishida rolls out onto the elevated ramp and Gargano hits him with the float-over DDT! Gargano gets him back inside and hits the DDT again and gets the clean win over Kushida!
Winner: Johnny Gargano
The final of the Dusty Cup is up next and The Vetrans cut a promo on MSK on the way to the ring. Gibson tells MSK to wipe the stupid smiles off their faces because this isn’t a game and there’s nothing fun about what’s going to happen to them. They are the Grizzled Young Veterans and soon to be NXT Tag Team Champions.
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic
Grizzled Young Veterans Vs. MSK
We start things with Nash Carter and Zack Gibson and they lock-up. Gibson forces Carter to the corner, then down to the mat. Carter fights up and tries to use his speed but Gibson forces him to the corner and tags James Drake. Drake takes a headlock but Carter quickly fights up and hits a springboard spinning crossbody before tagging Wes Lee. They double-team Drake in their corner and Carter hits a Bronco Buster.
MSK knock Drake from the ring, then double-team Gibson with double stomps and he rolls from the ring. Lee then dives over the ropes onto them both with a twisting tope. Lee gets back inside and Carter jumps off his back onto James Drake but Gibson avoided it and hits a big clothesline on the floor. Gibson gets Carter back inside and elbows him a few times before landing a neckbreaker for two.
Drake tags in and continues the assault on Carter and makes the tag to Gibson who goes to a front facelock. Drake comes in again and they try to double-team him but Carter ducks and dodges…but runs right into a big clothesline from Drake. They get Carter in the corner but he starts fighting back and hits a snap suplex to Drake. Carter looks to make a tag but Gibson grabs Lee on the apron to prevent a tag, then gets inside to double-team Carter while Lee is arguing with the referee.
Drake slams his knee into Carter’s back over and over before applying a rear chinlock. Carter fights free and slides under a clothesline and tags Lee. Wes comes in like a bullet with a flying forearm to Drake, then kicks to Gibson and sends them both out of the ring. Lee runs and leaps over the ring post onto the Veterans on the floor! Lee gets Gibson back inside and hits a handspring kick for a near-fall.
Carter tags in and punches Gibson a few times, then hits a springboard cutter for a near-fall. Lee tags in but Gibson tosses Carter out and hits a knee to the face of Lee. Drake tags in as Gibson hits a spinning suplex and James lands a 450 for a near-fall. Gibson gets Lee up in an electric chair, looking for a Doomsday Device but Lee rolls him up for two as Drake dives for the clothesline. Carter comes in and they drop both Veterans, then Carter does a backflip and Le pushes him over Drake onto Gibson.
MSK hit two huge dives onto Drake but he kicks out! Gibson drags Lee out of the ring and onto his shoulders, then Drake hits a suicide dive Doomsday Device! Gibson and Drake get inside and double-team Carter with a wheelbarrow facebuster for a near-fall. Gibson screams in Carter’s face and slaps him, then they attempt Ticket To Mayhem but Lee comes in so they can hit double superkicks. MSK knock Gibson out of the ring and hit Drake with the double-team blockbuster for the win!
We get a hype video of Cameron Grimes and how much money he has with him swimming in a pool and rolling around in bills.
NXT Women’s Championship
(C) Io Shirai Vs. Mercedes Martinez Vs. Toni Storm
Martinez attacks Io before her entrance is finished and kicks her out of the ring. Mercedes takes down Storm but Io comes back and knocks her out. Io and Storm hit some reversals and Io catches her with a wheelbarrow roll into a double stomp. Storm fights out of the corner and kicks Io in the chest, then hits a sliding clothesline against the ropes. Storm goes out and dives onto Mercedes. Shirai gets on the apron and looks for a moonsault but nobody’s home and Martinez clotheslines her over the barricade.
Toni and Mercedes get in the ring and struggle for control but Io comes back and drops Martinez with a missile dropkick. Io runs but Storm catches her with a Big Bossman slam. Storm then runs at Martinez but gets caught with a spinebuster for a two-count. Martinez applies a modified STF but Io dropkicks Mercedes to break the hold. Io then grabs Storm with a crossface but Martinez gets Io in a dragon sleeper and all three women are in the submission.
Shirai releases the hold and knocks Mercedes onto the middle rope for a 619. Shirai hits a springboard dropkick that knocks Martinez out of the ring. Io goes up top but Storm knocks her off. Mercedes climbs up behind Toni and hits a release German suplex. Martinez is in the tree of woe and Io jumps on her with a double stomp. All three women are down. The action spills out of the ring and Shirai is slammed into the barricade and Toni catches Mercedes with a neckbreaker.
Storm clears the announce desk but it literally collapses. Storm lifts Mercedes and looks to hit Storm Zero on the floor but Martinez reverses into a DDT. Io climbs the girder by the announce desk and leaps onto both of them! Shirai slowly gets up first but Martinez whips her into the steel steps. Martinez gets Toni back in the ring and hits a fisherman buster for a two-count. Storm fights back and hits a Storm Zero but Martinez kicks out! Storm goes up top and hits a diving headbutt but Io comes off the top with a moonsault to break the pin and cover Mercedes!
Winner: Io Shirai
We see a vide from earlier today of LA Knight signing his NXT contract, then a replay of his awesome promo on the Kick-Off Show.
(C) Finn Balor Vs. Pete Dunne
The Championship match gets underway and they go hold-for-hold. Balor tries to take the wrist but Dunne takes him down and Balor gets the rope. They make to lock-up again and Balor takes Dunne down with a side headlock. Dunne turns the tables and takes a headscissors on the mat. Balor jumps out and they share a staredown. They continue exchanging holds but Dunne takes Finn down and bends his arms. Dunne stands on Finn’s left arm, then grabs the other arm and snaps it back while bending the fingers.
Balor is in a lot of pain as Dunne goes to the fingers and twists the arm. Balor pushes himself off the mat to try and relieve pressure but Dunne shoves his knuckles into the muscle. Balor stomps on Dunne’s foot, then applies an STF before rolling into a kneebar. Dunne applies another submission but Balor hits a twisting suplex and hurt his knee in the process. Balor gets up and they trade punches and slaps but Balor goes right back to targeting the knee. Balor Stomps the knee and drops forearms to the back of Dunne’s head before going to an STF. Dunne breaks out but Balor beats him into the corner and hits a running chop.
Dunne tries to do a backflip on the buckles but his knee gives out and Balor kicks it. Balor attempts a Pele kick but Dunne catches the leg and stomps his face a few times. Dunne hits a sit-out powerbomb for a near-fall. Dunne pins Balor’s arm to the mat and jumps on it, then hits a snap German suplex and stomps on the fingers. Dunne swings a kick but Balor ducks and chop blocks him. Balor hits a backstabber, then lands 1916. Balor goes to the corner and hits the shotgun dropkick, then heads up. Finn jumps for the Coup de Grace but gets caught in a triangle choke!
Balor touches the bottom rope with a fingertip but Dunne rolls him back into the middle of the ring and punches his face in the triangle. Balor inches his way backwards and eventually gets a foot on the bottom rope but he’s unconscious. Dunne lifts Balor but the referee stops him. Balor comes to and says he can go so Dunne runs over and kicks him. Balor counters Dunne and goes to an abdominal stretch but Dunne goes back to snapping the fingers. Dunne hits the Bitter End…but Balor kicks out!
Dunne jumps on the hands of Balor and stomps on them, then superkicks him and looks for a powerbomb but Balor counters with a DDT. Balor runs for the corner dropkick but Dunne kicks him. Balor hits the Pele kick, then counters the Bitter End and lands Bloody Sunday for a near-fall. Balor grabs Dunne but gets the fingers snapped but Finn comes back with a double stomp. Balor takes the mouthpiece out of Dunne, then hits a running dropkick to the face and goes up top for a Coup de Grace. Balor lifts Dunne and hist 1916 for the win.
Winner: Finn Balor
Balor is leaving up the ramp, battered and bruised, and out come Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch to attack the Champion. They get Balor back in the ring and Dunne helps them batter Finn until The Undisputed Era run down and the heels retreat. O’Reilly offers Finn a hand and he helps him up. Balor and O’Reilly pay respect to each other, then all four men pose together and the show ends…but Adam Cole superkicks Balor! O’Reilly and Strong ask Cole what he’s doing but Cole superkicks O’Reilly as well!
That’s it for NXT TakeOver. Let us know what you thought of the show and we’ll catch you back here tomorrow. Until then, stay safe!