Welcome to Ringside News’ live results, highlights, winners and reactions for the March 10, 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 is set to be a huge one as the NXT Championship will be on the line. Adam Cole has been on everyone’s lips as of late, not the least of whom is the NXT Champion Finn Balor. Last week Balor said the only way he knows he can get Cole is by putting his title on the line, and that brings us to this huge showdown tonight.
Of course, that isn’t the only title match tonight. NXT Women’s Champion, Io Shirai will also put her title on the line, and her opponent will be Toni Storm. This isn’t the first meeting between the two, and, in fact, Storm has beaten Shirai in the past. Io is quickly approaching a year as NXT Champion, but will Storm dethrone her tonight? And can Balor retain his title over Cole? We want to hear your predictions below!
Last week, William Regal said he would be making a massive announcement that would change NXT. Well that announcement has ballooned into two, and it’s making for an exciting night. What will his announcements be? Rumours are swirling about NXT-specific Women’s Tag Titles, the next TakeOver event, and the possibility of moving to Tuesday nights. Let us know what you think! Of course, there will be more on tonight’s NXT, including The Way, Cameron Grimes, LA Knight, etc., but that’s our preview. Join in the conversation below and enjoy the show!
This week’s NXT opens with a view of Finn Balor and Adam Cole arriving at the arena earlier today, then Toni Storm and Io Shirai as well. We go to the ring and William Regal is already there.
Regal says it’s WrestleMania season and that’s always a big time in WWE. With that in mind, he has two major announcements to make, and here is the first: on April 7th and 8th we will get the first ever two-night NXT TakeOver, titled Stand & Deliver. As for the second announcement, Regal points to the stage and we see every female wrestler in NXT and the PC. Regal says they are the best female competitors in the world and prove it every week. Regal invites Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez down to the ring.
Regal says that, after the injustice of last week with the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships, he is sorry. He is sick of waiting for others to make decisions for him, so he’s made a big one. Regal then moves around a table in the ring and pulls a cloth off of the newest titles in NXT, the Women’s Tag Team Championships. Kai and Gonzalez lift the title and Dakota says Regal is right, this is the best women’s division in the world and they beat everyone. They were so good that NXT had to create belts for them. Raquel says this is just step one in them taking over the world, and they’re going to carry those belts for a very long time.
Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon make their way down to the ring and offer a half-hearted congratulations. Ember says it’s great to have Champions but they need challengers. They remind Kai and Gonzalez that they also won every match of their bracket in the Dusty Cup, and the final could have gone either way, so why not run it back tonight? William Regal loves the idea and he books the match for later tonight, which means three title matches, the first of which is happening now!
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(C) Io Shirai Vs. Toni Storm
The match gets underway and they lock-up with Io forcing Toni back to the corner. Storm then does the same to Io and shoves her in the face, so Io tackles her to the ground and they trade punches. Storm hits a running hip attack in the corner and Io rolls out of the ring, then Toni looks to dive onto her but Shirai punches her before she can jump. Io then stomps on Toni in the corner and counters her to hit a basement dropkick.
Shirai slams Storm into the buckles and kicks her down, then wraps her up in an octopus stretch. Storm goes to the apron and Io shoulders her in the gut so she falls off. Shirai looks to jump on Storm from the apron but gets tripped and slammed face-first into the apron. Storm then whips the Champion into the steel steps as we head to the break.
Back live and Storm hits a backbreaker to Io but misses an elbow drop. Shirai rallies with shoulder tackles and a back suplex, then hits a 619 and a springboard dropkick for a two-count. Storm grabs the back but Io rolls through and hits a double stomp to the gut. Shirai goes up top but Storm headbutts her and climbs up alongside to hit a superplex. Storm forearms Io and hits a German suplex for a two-count.
Shirai lands some forearms of her own and dodges a clothesline with a Matrix bend but Toni takes her out with an elbow drop anyway. Storm then hits a sliding lariat to Shirai against the ropes. They both wind-up on the apron and Toni wants to hit a powerbomb but Io flips her over and she lands hard on the apron. Shirai goes to the top rope and dives onto Storm with a moonsault and both women are down on the floor.
Back inside the ring, Io goes to the top rope but Toni grabs her and hits a powerbomb for a near-fall. Toni wants Storm Zero but Io counters and applies a crossface. Storm reaches the ropes to force the break but Io quickly follows-up with a running knee. Shirai goes to the top rope for a moonasult but nobody’s home, then Toni grabs her and hits Storm Zero for a near-fall! Storm scales the buckles and leaps for a diving headbutt but Io rolls out of the way, then goes back to the crossface and Storm taps.
Winner: Io Shirai
We see Finn Balor sitting backstage and he says he and Cole are the two biggest names in NXT history. Balor says last week Cole was acting a big man when he had referees holding him back but tonight there won’t be any of that. There will only be the two of them fighting for the NXT Championship. Balor reminds Cole that he beat him to win the NXT Championship, and says he’ll do it again to retain the belt.
LA Knight is interviewed backstage and he says last week everyone thought he might wrestle but that time might be next week. He says if anyone can get enough tingle in their drawers he’ll be happy to shut them down. Bronson Reed grabs Knight from behind and shakes him down until referees pull them apart. Reed says he’ll take the challenge and Knight says it’s his time, not Reed’s.
Jake Atlas Vs. Pete Dunne W/Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan
The match begins with a lock-up and Dunne goes straight to the wrist of Atlas but Jake uses his athleticism to escape. They lock-up again and Dunne twists the wrist up behind Jake’s back and gets him on the mat. Atlas gets to his feet and hits an arm-drag but Dunne takes him right back down with a side headlock. Atlas shoots Dunne off and hits a Frankensteiner. Dunne flips Atlas to the apron but Jake jumps back in with a springboard arm-drag.
Atlas looks for a headscissors but Dunne stays on his feet and kicks Atlas’ standing arm. Pete then holds Atlas’ arm out and drops his knees on the elbow. Dunne goes to work on manipulating the joint and drops another knee on the elbow. Dunne kicks the arm and slaps Jake’s face, then kicks him in the jaw. Atlas punches Dunne over and over, then hits two big boots and a standing moonsault but Dunne counters. Atlas catches Dunne with a snap German suplex, then a running kick and lands a standing moonsault.
Atlas and Dunne go back and forth with reversals until Jake hits a lariat. Atlas goes to the top rope and looks to hit a handspring arm-drag across the ropes but Dunne swipes him off and he crashses. Dunne follows-up with a kick to the back of the head, then attacks the arm before snapping it back and holding an armbar until Atlas taps.
Winner: Pete Dunne
After the match Pete Dunne gets on the microphone with Burch and Lorcan flanking him. Dunne says this is the time of year when people want to make a name for themselves but this is what happens when they step to him. Dunne says he made a name for himself in the U.K and
Imperium cut a promo from backstage and Marcel Barthel talks to Timothy Thatcher. He says a long time ago they created something very special, something nobody will be able to overcome, and it’s time to fall in line. Aichner says they’re here for Thatcher but if he needs Ciampa’s permission, they’ll make it work.
Leon Ruff cuts a promo saying he knew Isiah Scott was a snake from the first time he met him. Ruff says people think he lucked his way into NXT but he scratched and clawed to get to where he is. He knows Swerve has been in the opening matches of NXT forever but next week he’s going to have a rough landing.
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships
(C) Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez Vs. Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart
We start the match with Dakota and Ember. Kai hits a weird flip kick to Moon and she stumbles back to tag Shotzi. Kai backtracks to the corner from a kick, then Shotzi drags her to the mat and applies a cloverleaf. The move goes on for quite a while before Kai gets to the bottom rope to force the break. Shotzi and Kai then both take each other out with stereo kicks to the face as we head to the break.
We return to find Gonzalez holding Blackheart in a bear hug. Raquel tags out and Kai jumps off Gonzalez to hit a double stomp for a two-count. Kai applies a body scissors to Shotzi, who rolls backwards for a pin attempt to no avail. Blackheart hits Kai and Raquel, then tags Moon who comes in hot with lariats. Moon hits a back suplex and a running senton, then kicks Kai. Moon hits a dominator into a knee to the face, then Gonzalez runs in but Moon catches her with a knee. The Champions roll outside and Moon gets on the ropes to hold them open for Blackheart to hit a suicide dive to Gonzalez.
Moon gets Kai back in the ring for a two-count. Kai hits a running boot to the face of Moon before tagging Raquel and they hit a double-team throw/kick for a near-fall. Gonzalez lifts Ember into a Gory Bomb position and flips her over for a powerbomb of sorts and a near-fall thanks to Shotzi breaking it up. Blackheart runs away, so Raquel tags Kai. Moon counters them and tags Blackheart, who jumps off the ropes with a crossbody to both. Shotzi hits a hurricanrana to Raquel and she rolls out, the Blackheart hits a series of kicks and a back suplex to Kai.
Moon holds Kai on the middle rope and Shotzi hits a running knee to the back and tags out. Moon knees Kai and leaps over the ropes with a splash to Kai. Moon tags out and they both hit a wheelbarrow slam but Raquel grabs Blackheart with a choke from behind. Shotzi lands a jawbreaker to get free, then Moon attempts The Eclipse but Gonzalez catches her! Moon jumps on Raquel’s shoulders and Kai inadvertently runs into them, knocking Gonzalez over the ropes to the floor, then Shotzi rolls-up Kai for the win!
Winners and New NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions: Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart
Adam Cole is pacing backstage and he says a lot of people keep asking why he did what he did. Well a few weeks ago Kyle O’Reilly stepped out of place and he put him down. Then last week Roderick Strong tried to question him and he beat him down. Cole says he reminded them who the leader is and The Undisputed Era is only dead when he says so, as far as he is concerned he just got rid of the dead weight. As for tonight, Cole says people look at Finn as the greatest NXT Champion ever but then he came along and he held the title for over 400 days and beat everyone. Tonight he wins his title back and if they thought his first reign was special, just wait.
We see Shotzi and Ember making their way backstage and getting applause from all the women except Indi Hartwell and Candace Lerae. They walk off and meet Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory. He asks about the therapy last week and Gargano says he only paid the therapist because it doesn’t come free. Gargano reminds Theory that Lumis said he was annoying and had an average abdominal section. That’s the last straw for Theory, who rips his short off and leaves.
Kayden cARTER VS. XIA LI W/BOA
Li runs at Kayden right away but gets dropkicked. Carter kicks her on the ground bit Xia quickly turns the tables around and strikes Carter a few times. Kayden starts to come back with a jawbreaker and some running forearms. Carter rolls through a wheelbarrow and hits a scissor kick. Carter knocks Li back to the bottom rope and hits a big running knee for a two-count. Xia takes a cheap shot to the knee and out comes Kacy Catanzaro to offer some encouragement to Kayden.
Xia stomps Carter and throws her head-over-heels into the turnbuckles. Li continues to target the knee, the same way she did to Kacy. Li drags Kayden under the bottom rope and stomps on her leg over and over, then stares at Kacy before putting Kayden’s leg up on the rope. She’s about to stomp on it when Kacy smacks her on the back with her crutch.
Winner Via Disqualification: Xia Li
After the bell Kacy hits Xia again with the crutch and chases her into the ring. Catanzaro yells at Li and hits her over and over with the crutch until she rolls from the ring. Boa comes in and grabs the crutch from Kacy, then breaks the crutch in half. Boa steps towards Kacy but Kayden hits her from behind with a crutch and they high-tail it.
Jordan Devlin is sitting in Dublin airport and he says it’s been a hell of a year. He’s really sick of the Irish weather and he thinks it would be a real shame if the next TakeOver didn’t have the real Cruiserweight Champion. Well his travel ban has been lifted and that means Santos Escobar’s time playing Champion is up. He’s coming to NXT next week to find out who the real Cruiserweight Champion is, once and for all.
Santos Escobar is backstage with William Regal and he is not happy. He says Devlin is coming back and he’s claiming to be the real Cruiserweight Champion but we all know that’s not the case. Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza appear and he tells them to go take care of business because he’s busy.
Legado Del Fantasma Vs. Grizzled Young Veterans
The match gets underway with Mendoza and Zack Gibson. Zack looks for a snapmare but Mendoza flips over and lands on his feet. Mendoza beats Gibson back and he tags James Drake. Mendoza drops Drake and backs him into the corner and tags Wilde. As Joaquin is beating on Drake, out comes Fandango and Breezango as astronauts, distracting Wilde and Mendoza. The two astronauts take their helmets off, revealing it’s actually Wes Lee and Nash Carter. Grizzled Young Veterans are stunned and Wilde rolls-up Drake for the win!
Winners: Legado Del Fantasma
Carter drops Drake, then Wes Lee smashes Gibson’s hand on the steps with his helmet. Fantasma are smiling in the ring but Breezango appear from behind and beat them down. Wilde gets hit with a superkick from Breeze and a falcon arrow from Fandango, then they leave. MSK get in the ring and dance with Breezango.
Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai are sitting backstage for an interview. They’re asked about their short title reign and say it doesn’t matter how long the reign was, they want the belts back. Suddenly Io Shirai appears and speaks in Japanese to Gonzalez. Io says “I want you next” and Gonzalez tells her to be careful what she wishes for.
Timothy Thatcher and Tomasso Ciampa are backstage and they’re asked about joining Imperium. Ciampa says he isn’t interested, but he is interested in the General. The guy who sits across the pond with his title and lets the goons do his bidding. So he’s thinking they’re enemies and he wants to face them. Thatcher looks confused.
(C) Finn Balor Vs. Adam Cole
The main event gets underway with a lock-up but Balor quickly gets shot off and shoulder Cole down. Cole then does the same and goes to a side headlock but Balor turns the tables and takes his own. Cole fights up and applies a headlock to Finn and holds him down. Balor gets away and they stare at each other as we head to the break.
Back live and Cole is stomping Balor down in the corner. Balor rolls through a sunset flip to hit a basement dropkick. Finn applies a sleeper to Cole and holds him in the middle of the ring. Cole elbows himself free and suckers Balor out of the ring, then drops him on the apron with a pump kick. Cole rolls out and drags Finn over to slam him into the barricade. Cole gets the Champion back inside and whips him hard into the corner but Balor bounces out with a dropkick to the knee.
Finn then kicks the leg of Cole, turning him inside out. Balor targets the knee and hits a kneebreaker, then a double stomp. Cole connects with an enziguiri, then lifts Balor up but Finn counters into an elbow drop slam for a two-count. Balor kicks Cole in the gut and stomps him by the ropes. Cole rolls outside and drags Finn down for another pump kick. Cole takes the top off the steel step and looks to suplex Balor onto it, but Finn counters and staggers backwards to hit a suplex on the steel ramp!
Balor and Cole are trading shots in the middle of the ring. Cole hits a pump kick but Balor fires right back with a Pele kick. Finn looks for 1916 but Cole counters with Ushigoroshi for a near-fall. Cole goes to the top rope for Panama Sunrise but Finn avoids it. Balor hits a Slingblade, then a shotgun dropkick. Balor goes up top and looks for Coup de Grace but Cole rolls out of the way and hits a superkick for a near-fall. Balor’s jaw is really hurting and Cole goes to a crossface.
Balor thinks about tapping but crawls to the bottom rope only for Cole to roll back into the middle of the ring. Finn breaks free and looks for a submission of his own but Cole gets him back in the crossface. Balor gets to the bottom rope but Cole doesn’t let go until the four count. Cole kicks Finn but the Champion scoops him up and lands some right hands. Balor hits a big lariat, then looks for a reverse DDT but Cole counters and hits The Last Shot…but Balor kicks out!
Cole goes to the middle rope and hits Panama Sunrise for another near-fall! Cole can’t believe it and he looks out of idea’s but Finn looks like he’s barely conscious and he’s holding the jaw. Cole does Finn’s own taunt and points at him before hitting the ropes for another Last Shot but Balor jumps up and tosses Cole over the ropes. Cole gets up and Kyle O’Reilly is standing on the other side of the barricade. Cole looks like he’s seen a ghost and Balor comes over the ropes with a tope. Balor then hits 1916 on the floor and gets Cole back inside. A Coup de Grace seals the deal for The Prince.
Winner: Finn Balor
After the match O’Reilly hops over the barricade and comes into the ring and stares at Balor, who points at Cole and nods. O’Reilly bends down and talks to Cole, who begs for forgiveness, then looks for a low blow but O’Reilly catches the hand. Kyle kicks COle and unloads with rights and lefts. O’Reilly forces Cole back to the corner but the referee pulls him back. Cole rolls outside but O’Reilly goes after him and batters him. The referee tries to stop him but Kyle shoves him, then slams Cole into the barricade again and again.
O’Reilly looks to hit a brainbuster on the steel steps but referees run down and stop him. Cole tries to geta away but O’Reilly chases after and beats him down again. They run backstage and we’re left with the NXT Champion alone in the ring. Balor looks over his shoulder to see Karrion Kross and says “what tok you so long?” They stare at each other to end the show.
That’s it for this week’s NXT. Let us know what you thought and be sure to check out results for AEW Dynamite. Until next time, stay safe!