Welcome to Ringside News’ live results, highlights, winners and reactions for the March 24, 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 stacked, to say the least. We’re only a few weeks away from Takeover: Stand & Deliver and things are heating up on the black and gold brand. Finn Balor will battle Karrion Kross at TakeOver with the NXT Championship on the line. Last week Balor and Kross teamed-up to face Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan, and not only did Burch get injured but Balor accidentally hit Scarlett and Kross didn’t take it too kindly. So tonight Balor responds to the beating he took from Kross, who will be in action against Oney Lorcan.
Last week LA Knight made his debut but Bronson Reed got involved and ripped his jacket. Tonight they go one-on-one, as does Walter and Drake Maverick. Walter returned to NXT last week and helped Imperium destroy Tommaso Ciampa, and tonight he looks to show his dominance against Maverick. And speaking of returning to NXT, the Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin makes his return to the ring tonight against Kushida, ahead of a showdown with Santos Escobar at TakeOver.
We’ll also have two women’s matches tonight, including Aaliyah & Jessi Kamea getting a Women’s Tag Team Title shot against Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart, and Io Shirai teams with Zoey Stark to face Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez. That’s the preview for a stacked episode of NXT and we want to know what you’re thinking ahead of the show. Sound off in the comments below, follow us on social media, and enjoy the show!
This week’s NXT opens with a look back at last week where Karrion Kross attacked Finn Balor. We see a video of Adam Cole arriving at the PWC earlier today.
Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez Vs. Io Shirai & Zoey Stark
The match begins with Stark and Gonzalez and they lock-up. Gonzalez uses her strength to force Stark back to the corner and talks some trash before letting go. Raquel grabs a wrist, then holds Stark down by the arm. Stark flips through and takes the wrist for herself, then hits a hurricanrana. Stark backs Raquel into the corner and hits a leaping knee, then runs into the ropes but Gonzalez clocks her with a clothesline and tags Kai.
Kai tries to pick the pieces but Stark turns the tables and beats her down. Stark drags Kai to the corner and tags the NXT Women’s Champion. Io and Dakota go back and forth with fast reversals until Shirai clocks her with a basement dropkick. Io puts Kai in the corner and drops her, but spends too much time trash-talking Gonzalez and gets rolled-up for two. Kai gets beaten into the corner and Stark gets the tag. Gonzalez comes in and takes control of the match again and tags in Kai for a double-team toss and kick to the head for a two-count.
Back live and Stark drops Gonzalez with an enziguiri and we get tags to both corners. Shirai comes in hot against Kai and hits her with a flapjack. Raquel rushes in and grabs Io but gets rolled up and dropkick. Io gets both Kai and Gonzalez in both corners and hits running knees to both. Stark tags herself in as Io hits a shotgun dropkick to Gonzalez, then Stark hits a dropkick of her own and Raquel rolls out.
Stark dives over the ropes onto Gonzalez with a crossbody, then Kai knocks her down. Io goes to the top rope and hits a moonsault to Gonzalez on the floor. Stark gets Raquel back inside and looks to hit a 450 but nobody’s home and Gonzalez hits a Chokeslam. Gonzalez waits until Io gets on the apron again, then lifts Stark and kicks Shirai off and slams Stark for the win.
Winners: Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez
After the match Io comes into the ring and gets in Gonzalez’s face. They talk trash until Dakota gets on the apron and Shirai knocks her off, then Gonzalez attacks the Champion from behind. Gonzalez takes Io out and hits a Chokeslam onto the announce desk.
We see a video from yesterday where Adam Cole infiltrated Kyle O’Reilly’s Jiu-Jitsu gym and attacked him. O’Reilly is walking backstage with security and stopped for an interview but Roderick Strong appears. Strong tells him that, after all Cole has done to them, he needs to kick Cole’s ass. O’Reilly tells Strong there is no “us”. Strong gets annoyed and tells O’Reilly he can go to hell.
LA Knight is walking towards the ring and he cuts a promo on Bronson Reed. Knight says tonight isn’t going to be pleasant for Reed and he’s going to learn that this is LA Knight’s game.
Jordan Devlin is sitting backstage and he says his match tonight is one of the biggest in NXT history. He’s a world-class athlete, universally respected, and tonight he goes one-on-one with Kushida. Devlin says he likes Kushida but tonight he will make an example of him.
Bronson Reed Vs. LA Knight
The bell rings and they come face-to-face to talk trash. Reed chops Knight a few times, then whips him to the ropes and hits a back body drop. Reed runs into a boot in the corner, then Knight jumps but gets caught with a powerslam. Reed holds Knight down with a submission. Knight tries to fight up but gets chopped again. Reed hits a snapmare and applies a arm submission. Knight fights back and gets thrown to the apron but he forearms Reed back and hits a flying shoulder tackle over the ropes. Knight batters Reed with punches, then taunts to the camera.
Back live and Knight is holding Reed down with a submission. During the break Reed tried to throw Knight into the ring post but LA dropped down and shoved him into the steps. Knight backs Reed into the corner and pummels him with right hands. Reed tries to fight back but gets kicked in the knee and LA follows-up with a running knee. Knight chokes Reed on the ropes and it looks like Bronson’s lip is bleeding. Knight punches Reed around the ring and drops him with a European uppercut.
Reed shoves Knight back into the corner and looks to splash him but Knight avoids it and lands a neckbreaker for a two-count. Knight runs at him but gets caught with a knee, then a couple of forearms and Reed is rolling. Reed hits a body attack and Hulks-up, then lands a splash in the corner. Reed looks for a Chokeslam but Knight avoids it and looks for a knee but this time Bronson avoids it and gets the Chokeslam. Reed goes up top but Knight crotches him, then climbs up and looks for a superplex but gets headbutted off. Knight jumps back up but Reed shoves him back off and hits the Tsunami for the win.
Winner: Bronson Reed
Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan had to vacate the NXT Tag Team Championships because Burch got injured last week. At Takeover: Stand & Deliver we will see a Triple Threat with MSK, Grizzled Young Veterans, and Legado Del Fantasma to determine the new Tag Champs.
Oney Lorcan Vs. Karrion Kross W/Scarlett
The match gets underway and Lorcan takes the fight to Kross and beats him into the corner. Kross grabs him by the throat and tosses him into the corner, then throws him out of the ring. Karrion goes after Lorcan and throws him into the plexi-glass. Kross holds Lorcan against the barricade and forearms him, then puts him back in the ring. Lorcan rolls back out the other side but Kross goes after him and suplexes him on the floor. Kross gets Lorcan back inside before the ten count.
Kross hits shoulder tackles in the corner until the referee’s break. Lorcan fires off a big chop to the chest, then another but Karrion tosses him out of the ring. Kross climbs out and Lorcan runs him into the ring apron. They get back in and Lorcan dropkicks Kross, then hits a few running elbows but Kross takes him out with a lariat for a two-count.
We return to find Kross beating Oney in the corner. Kross applies an armbar but Lorcan gets his feet to the ropes. Kross pummels Lorcan in the corner again, then hits an overhead suplex. Lorcan starts firing back and sides-steps Kross so he shoulders the ring post. Lorcan attacks the shoulder and slams him on it. Lorcan chops Kross down and his a chop block, then running European cuts. Kross catches him with a big boot, followed by a Saito suplex. Kross connects with the forearm to the back of the head for the win.
Winner: Karrion Kross
Kross gets on the microphone after the match. He addresses Finn Balor and says last week he intended to hurt Scarlett. And he respects that. He was giving respect to Balor but he didn’t deserve it. Even though Balor is the Champion, when he held his little neck in his hand it felt like everybody else’s. Kross says that, when the fuse is lit, there’s no stoppig what comes next.
Finn Balor’s music hits and The Prince walks out to the stage. Balor says that last week Kross took his best shot and he’s still standing. And in doing so, he showed Balor is weakness: Scarlett. Balor says when a man is young he fights with uncontrollable emotion, some would call them demons. It wasn’t until he learned to control his emotions that he became untouchable. Balor says Kross still fights with emotion, he’s reactionary, and he’s sloppy. Vulnerable. Balor says he will push him to the point where he either surprises everyone and masters his emotions, or his emotions overcome him. And when they do, Balor will drag him into the deep water and, with no emotion, drown him.
William Regal announces that next week we will get a 12-man Battle Royale match and the last six men in that match will have a Gauntlet to determine the number one contender to Johnny Gargano’s North American Championship.
Kushida cuts a promo in Japanese to say he is the best technical wrestler in NXT and he will prove it against Jordan Devlin tonight.
Drake Maverick Vs. Walter W/Imperium
The bell rings and Maverick jumps at Walter but gets body slammed hard. Walter lifts and powerbombs Maverick, then applies a single-leg Boston crab but Maverick is already out.
Tommaso Ciampa comes out after the match and walks down to the ring. Ciampa says a few weeks ago that Walter intrigued him. He mispoke, what he meant was the United Kingdom Championship intrigues him. Ciampa says everyone knows what he wants, so how about a title match at Stand & Deliver? Walter shakes his head and tells Imperium they’re leaving. Ciampa hits Walter but quickly gets beaten down by Barthel and Aichner. Walter rips the necklace off of Ciampa and stomps on it. Aichner and Barthel hold Ciampa and Walter gives him a devastating chop. Walter then puts his knee on Ciampa’s neck and tells him he’ll see him at Takeover.
Pete Dunne cuts a promo on video and says he told everyone is the best technical wrestler and nobody challenged him. So he’ll prove it next week in the battle royale and the gauntlet match, then become the new North American Champion.
Robert Stone is backstage with Aaliyah and he’s begging Mercedes Martinez to join them because Jessi Kamea got injured. Stone hands Mercedes an envelope and she tells him it’s only half, she expects the other half after the match. Stone agrees and Martinez will team with Aaliyah to take on Shotzi and Ember after the break.
Johnny Gargano walks into William Regal’s office backstage and berates him for booking the battle royale and gautnlet match. Johnny says he needs more time to prepare for his opponent, he needs to watch tape. Regal says if he’s really Johnny Takeover it shouldn’t be a problem. Gargano storms out and doesn’t close the door behind him.
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships
(C) Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart Vs. Aaliyah & Mercedes Martinez W/Robert Stone
We start proceedings with Moon and Mercedes, and Ember quickly catches her with a tilt-a-whirl, then tags Shotzi and they team to hit a double-team. Blackheart goes up top and dives onto Martinez with a seated senton, then Robert Stone gets on the apron and distracts her, allowing Martinez to land a big boot. Aaliyah tags in and Martinez hits a gutbuster, then Aliyah follows-up with a running kick.
Aaliyah keeps Blackheart grounded and kicks Moon off the apron. Shotzi gets the better of Aaliyah and tags Moon, who comes in hot with running forearms and a powerbomb for a two-count. Martinez comes in against Blackheart and lifts her up but Shotzi counters and sends her out of the ring. Moon then hits Aaliyah with The Eclipse for the win.
Winners: Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart
Cameron Grimes approaches Roderick Strong backstage and says he’s taking this as badly as he is. The Undisputed Era has done so much for the business but it doesn’t have to end. Grimes offers to buy the rights to The Undisputed Era and sell tons of merch but Strong punches him and walks out.
Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon are interviewed backstage and they say they’re feeling great. Candace LeRae and Indi Hartwell appear and sarcastically congratulate them. They say they want a match, on their time and their stage, and the Champions are eagerly awaiting.
Jordan Delvin Vs. Kushida
The bell rings, they lock-up and Kushida sweeps Devlin off his feet and looks for an ankle lock. Devlin breaks free and they lock-up again and this time Devlin hits a urinagi and standing moonsault for a two-count. Jordan hits a back elbow but Kushida knocks him off his feet and applies a wristlock. Kushida targets the arm but Devlin hits a jawbreaker, then runs at him but gets thrown onto the apron. Kushida jumps at Devlin but nobody’s home and he falls to the floor. Devlin hits a springboard moonsault to Kushida on floor.
Devlin has Kushida down with a rear chinlock as we return. Kushida rallies and lands some big kicks and continues to assault the arm. Kushida leaps onto Devlin, looking for the Hoverboard Lock but Jordan grabs the ropes. Kushida let’s go but kicks the arm again. Kushida jumps at him for it again but Devlin presses him down into a pin for a near-fall. Devlin rolls to the arpon, punches Kushida back and hits a flot-over cutter for a near-fall.
Kushida goes to the top rope and Delvin climbs up with him but Santos Escobar and his goons come to the stage and distracts Devlin, allowing Kushida to knock him off. Kushida applies the cross armbar but Devlin reaches the ropes. Wilde and Mendoza pull Devlin from the ring, then he rolls under them and gets inside. Kushida jumps at Devlin but the Irishman sidesteps him and Kushida hits Mendoza and Wilde on the apron, then Devlin rolls-up Kishida for the win.
Winner: Jordan Delvin
After the match Kushida leaps over the ropes onto Wilde and Mendoza, then tosses them off the stage into each other. Kushida leaps off the stage onto them both. Santos Esocbar avoids it all and walks down to the ring to stand across from Jordan Devlin. Shawn Michaels’ music hits and the Hall of Famer walks down the ramp. Michaels stares at Devlin and Escobar, then lifts a ladder from under the ring and slides it in between the two of them. Escobar and Devlin hold their titles up.
We see Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly walking backstage towards the ring with security flanking them both. As Cole is walking he stops and Shawn Michaels walks past smiling.
Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly are sitting by a table on the stage, surrounded by officials and William Regal is in the middle. Regal berates them for their actions and says he will not allow them to tear down what he and so many others have built. So he has a solution; a contract for a match that takes place on Night Two of NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver. Regal says NXT cannot take responsibility for that match.
Adam Cole opens the contract and says recently he had a revelation, an epiphany. He realised he didn’t need The Undisputed Era, they were holding him back. And it was O’Reilly who held him back. He bought into the BS that TUE was about brotherhood but it wasn’t. He sat on the sidelines and watch O’Reilly fight and fail to win the NXT Championship. Then he tried to befriend Balor and have him join TUE. He was disgusted but then it all made sense; O’Reilly is a lap-dog, happy on the sidelines, but that’s not who he is.
Cole says he’s the greatest NXT Champion in history and he’s nothing like O’Reilly. TUE was never about brotherhood, it was baout being the best and that’s him. Cole asks O’Reilly if he’d even be in WWE if not for him. He’s the main-eventer, the one who sold the shirts and the slogans. The group wouldn’t exist without him. He can’t wait to fight O’Reilly because he and everyone else already knows who wins. Cole signs the contract and slides it over.
O’Reilly says he thought he knew Cole. They didn’t care who they stepped on to succeed. They shocked the system and made a statement. They will forever have heat with Regal and the locker room because of how they acted. But he grew up and took accountability. He looks men in the eyes before he kicks their teeth in, no more four-on-one attacks. And since coming to NXT, they’ve all become better wrestlers, Champions and they became stars. But only one of them became a better human, him. O’Reilly says Cole is the same “asshole” who walked in the door three years ago. Yet he finds it hard to believe the last three years meant nothing.
O’reilly says he hoped they could put it behind them and go for a beer someday but now he knows he has to end him. He sold his soul for them but now he needs to bury TUE to get it back. And not a single person will be surprised when he beats him to a pulp and sleeps like a baby for the first time in years. Kyle signs the contract and Cole tosses the table aside. They come face-to-face but the security keeps them apart as the show comes to a close.
That’s it for this week’s NXT. Let us know what you thought of that exciting show and if you’re looking forward to TakeOver. Be sure to check out results for AEW Dynamite, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow for more news.