Welcome to Ringside News’ live results, highlights, winners and reactions for the February 15, 2021 episode of WWE NXT.
Start time for tonight’s show is 8:00 PM EST. Match-by-match highlights and results from the show will take place on this very page, so you should update frequently to get the latest happenings. Feel free to leave any reactions in the comment section below.
Tonight’s NXT will feature all of the fallout from TakeOver: Vengeance Day. The shocking end to that show saw Adam Cole superkick Finn Balor, then Kyle O’Reilly. Cole left by himself and many are wondering if the end of The Undisputed Era is nigh, or if O’Reilly is just branching out on his own. Perhaps we’ll know more after tonight.
MSK and Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez were the winners of the men’s and women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic’s, respectively. That means MSK have earned a shot against Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch’s Tag Team Titles, but we don’t know when that match will take place. Meanwhile Kai and Gonzalez have earned a shot against Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler but, again, we have no time frame for that match-up.
Karrion Kross will face Santos Escobar tonight in what could be a really great match, and both Finn Balor and Io Shirai are in need of a new challenger. Throw-in the filfthy rich Cameron Grimes and we should have a grea episode of NXT on our hands. So let us know what you’re excited to see below and enjoy!
This week’s NXT opens with a look back at the highlights of TakeOver: Vengeance Day, where MSK and Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez won the men’s and women’s Dusty Tag Team Classics, and Johnny Gargano, Io Shirai and Finn Balor all retained their Championships.
We go live to the CWC where Wade Barret, Vic Joseph, and Beth Phoenix are standing at ringside but as they’re talking Kyle O’Reilly stomps down to the ring and asks for a microphone.
O’Reilly says we all saw what happened on Sunday and he’s spent all week trying to make sense of it, but he can’t. He’s shocked, confused, pissed-off and disappointed. He says they were supposed to be unlike every other group but Cole has ruined it. He says it was a kck in the face but really it was a knife in the back. Cole is still his brother so he gives him the benefit of the doubt and he needs an explanation right now.
Roderick Strong comes out and he says The Undipsuted Era is special. He says they both know Adam Cole and he did what he did based off emotion. Strong says he knows Cole regrets what he did but O’Reilly cuts him off and says he doesn’t need Roddy to come out here on a peacekeeping mission. O’Reilly tells Strong not to get in the ring because he doesn’t know who he can trust anymore. He yells for Cole to come out and explain himself.
Once again O’Reilly doesn’t get who he wants, because this time The Prince, Finn Balor comes out instead. O’Reilly says he’s not looking for Finn but the Champion says Kyle needs to get in line behind him to get to Cole. Balor says he and O’Reilly have some business they need to address. On Sunday Kyle offered him his hand and he knew he shouldn’t have accepted it. Strong gets in Balor’s face and tells him to leave O’Reilly alone and they start arguing but Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch appear from behind the barricade and attack all three of them! Balor, O’Reilly and Strong get beaten down until referees stop it.
William Regal is backstage and he explains that Santos Escobar sent him a message earlier today in which he said nobody can threaten him. Escobar said the match will only happen on his time, so he’s going home. Regal says the match will 100% happen next week and if Escobar doesn’t show up he will be suspended and stripped of the Cruiserweight Championship. Regal then explains that the main event will be O’Reilly, Balor, and Strong facing Dunne, Lorcan and Burch.
The Way come to the ring holding missing posters for Austin Theory. Gargano gives posters to the announcers and he takes a seat beside them.
The match begins with Shotzi and Candace, but Blackheart immediately beats Candace into the corner and tags Moon. They work together to send her to the apron and Shotzi knee’s her off and into the barricade as we head to the break.
Back live and Blackheart knocks both Candace and Indi onto the middle rope, then tags Ember so they both hit kicks at the same time. Moon tags Shotzi and holds Indi so Blackheart can kick her in the head. Moon tags in again and Irish whips Indi into Blackheart who chokes her over the ropes. Candace runs over and attacks Shotzi, then Indi drops Moon and makes a tag.
A white van pulls up outside the arena and they know it belongs to Dexter Lumis. Candace gets distracted and Moon lifts her up but gets rolled-up for two. LeRae hits a clothesline for a two-count and tags Indi. Hartwell connects with a back elbow before putting Moon in the corner and drilling her with shoulders. Moon tries to make a tag but Hartwell hits a sidewalk slam for a near-fall.
LeRae tags in and applies a submission to Moon, then transitions to a different one as Gargano encourages her. Ember tries to fight up but gets slammed down by the hair and Candace puts her in the corner to tag Indi. Hartwell shoves Moon and batters her with forearms, then throws her to the apron and hits a running kick. Candace tags in and hits a springboard crossbody to Ember on the floor. Johnny then leaves commentary to go check out the van.
Hartwell and Shotzi get tags as we come back from the break and Blackheart backs her into the corner for a back elbow and a running bulldog. Shotzi continues the assault as we see Johnny outside trying to get into the white van. Hartwell tags Candace and they team to slam and kick Shotzi for a near-fall. Ember gets a tag and waits for Shotzi to hit a facebuster to Candace, then she hits a unique move of her own for a near-fall.
Shotzi and Ember go up opposite corners but both of them get knocked off. Candace tags Indi and LeRae goes to the top rope but Gargano comes out with Austin Theory wearing bizarre clothes and a bag over his head. Candace runs up the ramp to hug Theory and Ember Moon takes advantage of a distracted Indi to roll her up and win!
Pat MacAfee is shown on a plane from earlier today. He introduces himself as “everyone’s favourite wrestler”. He says everybody now knows what he was saying all along, that Adam Cole was a scumbag all along. Pat says he knows the internet wrestling community is far too dumb to realise that but that’s what he was here for. Their hero has always been a bum and he remains a hero. He’s on his way to a beach and encourages us to Tweet #PatWasRight.
Earlier today Kushida was interviewed while getting some treatment. He says he isn’t done with Johnny or the North American Championship. Bronson Reed walks in and exchanges pleasantries with Kushida before saying he also has unfinished business with Gargano and he wants the North American title. So if it comes to it they’ll sort it out between them. Malcolm Bivens appears and says if Kushida is cleared for competition he knows the perfect opponent for him tonight.
The bell rings and they lock-up, with Swerve forcing Ruff to the buckles and making fun of him. Ruff swings for him but Swerve dodges. Ruff is whipped to the buckles and jumps over an incoming Scott but attempts an arm-drag and Isiah avoids it. Ruff goes to the apron and hits a springboard, then an arm-drag into an armlock. Swerve fights up and whips Ruff to the ropes before connecting with a high knee. Swerve lifts Ruff and hits a powerbomb backbreaker! Swerve sends Ruff out of the ring and laughs at him.
Scott goes out and hits a running kick on the apron, then brings him back in for a near-fall. Swerve chops Ruff and attempts a full nelson but Ruff fights back and hits a couple of spinning forearms. Ruff hits a springboard cutter for a two-count. Ruff goes back up the ropes but Swerve pulls him down and they trade shots with Swerve landing some vicious gut punches. Swerve dodges Ruff and hits a dropkick, then takes his head off with a lariat. Swerve lifts Ruff up but gets caught with a crucifix pin and Ruff scores the pinfall!
Swerve is aghast after the match and starts laughing. He gives Ruff a hug but then drops him with a right hand and starts unlaoding some ground-and-pound. Swerve drags Ruff before lifting him and throwing him into the buckles with a fireman’s carry.
We start the match with Kacy and Kamea. Jessi uses her size advantage to slam Kacy but Catanzaro uses her speed to drop her on the middle rope and tag Kayden so they can hit a double team move. Boa appears on the stage and distracts Kacy and Kayden, allowing Kamea to attack Kayden and tag Aliyah for a double-team neckbreaker.
Kamea takes a sleeper on Kayden but gets slung off and hit with a jawbreaker. Tags made to Kacy and Aliyah and Catanzaro trips her to hit the buckles. Catanzaro hits a running knee in the corner then a front flip kick to the back. Kayden lifts Aliyah and they hit a neckbreaker/crossbody for the win!
Xia Li has now joined Boa on the stage and they made their way down the ramp. Kayden and Kacy get out to meet them on the stage. Kacy tries to talk some sense into Xia but she grabs her by the wrist and marks her with two black lines. Xia says next week she will purge Kacy.
Malcolm Bivens is backstage with Tyler Rust and he says Kushida was great but Tyler is the type of star that only comes around once a generation. He knows Kushida doesn’t have the ambition or talent of Tyler.
Beth Phoenix is in the ring and she quotes Dusty Rhodes to say the Dusty Cup is a way for people to step out of the shadows and make a mark. And this year’s teams did just that. We see highlights of the two competitions, focusing on the two winning teams.
MSK make their entrance and they run down to the ring full of energy. Carter and Lee hug Beth and marvel at the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic trophy in the middle of the ring. Lee says he’s been tingling since Sunday because of how good it feels. Carter says he’ll tingle even more when they step into the ring against Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan. Lee goes one better and imagines how it will feel when they win the Tag Team Titles. Beth congratulates them before welcoming Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez.
Dakota shows no humility and says they were easily the best team in the entire tournament but before they can say much the Women’s Tag Team Champions appear in the CWC. Nia and Shayna march down the ramp and Baszler says on Sunday night Kai and Gonzalez were on the right side of history, but the night they face them for the belts they will be on the wrong side. Dakota introduces Raquel to Shayna and Nia, saying Baszler ran away when Rhea Ripley beat her a$$. Raquel laughs and says she beat Rhea in a Last Woman Standing match – MSK and Beth Phoenix are literally eating popcorn in the corner and loving this.
Baszler says it’s obviously the same feeble Kai whose arm she broke. Kai says she isn’t that same girl and she’ll happily kick her head off to prove it. Raquel says they’re the most dominant tag team and they’re gonna prove it. Jax tells them all to simmer down and says she came here to honour Dusty Rhodes. Jax recalls Dusty telling her she was a “big, beautiful, badass bitch”. And he was right. Raquel says Dusty Rhodes, God rest his soul, never met her. Baszler says in two weeks they will come to NXT and humiliate them on their home turf. The Champs leave but Gonzalez says “be careful what you wish for”, then threatens to shove the Dusty Cup up Jax’s hole. That comment made Wes Lee pass out.
We see Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly arguing in the parking lot. They have to team with Finn Balor tonight but it looks like they aren’t even close to the same page.
We see an awesome music video for Cameron Grimes and his newfound wealth thanks to stonks and crypto. The video ends with Grimes crashing his Lambroghini. He laughs hysterically and says those things are faster than he expected but he’ll just have to go buy another.
We see the standard pictures after a Champion wins a match but the stills show Toni Storm attacking Io Shirai and leaving her laying.
The match gets underway and they trade amateur wrestling holds and feel each other out. Kushida forces Rust to the corner and Tyler uses the referee to get him away. Rust then takes the wrist and hits an arm-drag but Kushida comes back and jumps on him to try and get the armbar but Rust takes him down. Kushida wraps Rust’s arm around the ropes and snaps it, then starts targeting the limb.
Kushida hits a springboard handspring elbow. Kushida uses his speed to duck and dodge Rust but eventually gets caught with a European uppercut. Rust sends Kushida to the apron but eats an enziguiri, then Kushida snaps his arm over the top rope. Kushida goes up top but Rust rips his foot off and he crashes. Rust takes the back of Kushida and appliesa sleeper but Kushida gets his feet to the ropes and rolls outside. Biven antagonises him as we head to the break.
We’re back live and Rust has Kushida in a headlock but he gets slung off. Kushida hits a hip-toss and rolls into a dropkick. Kushida looks to kick the arm but Rust avoids it, only to get slammed on it anyway. Kushida attempts a double-arm DDT but Rust throws him overhead. Rust then connects with a big boot and hits a snap suplex. Rust hits a jumping axe kick for a near-fall.
Rust hits a kick to the face and scores another near-fall. Kushida tries to take the back but Rust rolls him up for two. Kushida attempts a unique pinfall of his own but Rust counters into a sleeper. Kushida fights it but Rust applies a unique submission only to get rolled-up again for a two. Kushida breaks free and hits a kick to the arm of Rust, then gets him in a Kimura and Rust refuses to tap so Bivens throws in the towel!
Rust isn’t happy but Bivens tells him he has to protect his investment. Kushida poses on the top rope.
We see a video of LA Knight’s debut on TakeOver: Vengeance Day. Earlier today cameras appeared at Knight’s home and he cut a promo about how he just turned NXT upside down. He says people are already saying he’s the greatest NXT Superstar of all-time. He says everytime someone debuts in NXT they’re called the “hottest free agent” but unless their name is LA Knight is wasn’t true. He says it’s his game now and tells them if they come knocking again he’ll do some knocking of his own.
This is the big debut for prospect Zoey Stark. The match begins and they lock-up with Stark slamming Feroz down. Stark hits a snap suplex, then lifts Valentina and runs her into the corner hard. Stark pulls Feroz out for a short-arm clothesline and smiles. Stark misses a kick and Feroz backs her into the corner. Feroz lands a kick and a snapmare but Stark gets angry and forearms her. Feroz counters Stark but gets lifted and dropped on the top turnbuckle. Stark hits a superkick and a release half-nelson suplex. Zoey hits a gnarly running knee to the jaw and smiles but shakes her finger as if she’s not done yet. Stark lifts Feroz and hits something of a flip into a GTS.
Karrion Kross and Scarlett cut a promo addressing Santos Escobar. Scarlett says Escobar shouldn’t be playing games, he doesn’t have the power to play with time and there is no pause button on this nightmare. Kross says Escobar’s destiny has already been decided and there’s no going back. So he has two options; show up and fight him and he’ll put him down; or option two, don’t show up and he’ll find him and show him the hard way out. Tick tock.
The match gets underway with O’Reilly and Lorcan and they have a stiff lock-up and struggle for control. Lorcan forces him to the corner and swings an elbow but Kyle ducks it and unloads with right hands. O’Reilly sends him to the ropes but Lorcan drops him with a shoulder. O’Reilly then catches Lorcan with a kitchen sink knee and looks to make a tag but choose Balor instead of Strong. Balor takes the wrist of Lorcan and immediately tags O’Reilly who does an axe handle to the arm. O’Reilly tags Balor again and he hits the arm as well before taking him down and Strong is getting annoyed.
Lorcan fights up and tags Burch but Balor takes him down by the arm right away. Balor backs to the corner and Strong tags himself in and takes Burch down with the same move. Burch forces Strong to his corner and Dunne tags himself in. Strong drops Dunne with a dropkick for a one-count, then attempts a half-nelson suplex but Dunne grabs the ropes. Dunne connects with a clothesline but Strong fires back with chops. Dunne sends Strong out of the ring, then distracts the referee so that Lorcan and Burch and take the top off the announce desk.
Before they can do anything, Strong attacks them both, then snaps Dunne down on the top rope and gets inside to hit a backbreaker! Tags are made to O’Reilly and Lorcan. O’Reilly lands a few big chest kicks but Lorcan hits him back and tags Burch. O’Reilly unleashes some stiff kicks on Burch, who rolls to the corner but O’Reilly attacks all three heels. O’Reilly knocks them all to the floor and jumps at Dunne on the floor but gets caught with a forearm in mid-air. The heels take charge again as we head to the final break.
We return to find O’Reilly being beaten down by Lorcan and held in a single leg Boston crab. Dunne tags in but does nothing before tagging Burch. O’Reilly drops Burch with a clothesline and both men are down. Dunne tags in and knocks Roddy off the apron before taking an ankle lock on O’Reilly. Roddy runs in and beats Lorcan and Burch off the apron before diving out of the ring onto them. Kyle fights up and makes the tag to Balor. Finn comes in hot against Pete and looks for 1916 but Dunne fights him off and attempts the Bitter End but Balor counters and hits a slingblade. Balor goes to the corner and waits for Dunne to get up but Burch gets in the ring with one of the tag titles and the referee gets distracted.
Balor hits a running shotgun dropkick to Dunne and knocks him into the referee. Balor goes to the top rope anyway but Adam Cole appears and shoves Balor off the ropes into the referee. Cole then meets O’Reilly at ringside and hits him with a superkick! Cole then lifts O’Reilly and hits a brainbuster on the steel steps. Roderick Strong runs in and knocks Burch out of the ring, then tries to help Balor up but Finn, not knowing who it is, hits a Pele kick! Dunne grabs a distracted Finn and hits the Bitter End for the win!
After the match Dunne and his cohorts leave up the ramp and they’re all smiles. Balor slowly gets to his feet with the NXT Championship as a referee checks on O’Reilly at ringside. Balor turns around and Adam Cole has reappeared and superkicks him. Cole poses with the NXT Championship to end the show.
That’s it for this week’s NXT! Let us know what you thought of the show and be sure to check out our results for AEW Dynamite. We’ll have live SmackDown results on Friday, followed by full coverage of Elimination Chamber on Sunday. So stay tuned to Ringside News all week for all your wrestling news. Until then, stay safe!