Welcome to Ringside News’ live results, highlights, winners and reactions for the March 31, 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.
We’re one week away from NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver, and the big match on tonight’s show is a 12-man Battle Royale. This match will include Pete Dunne, Roderick Strong, Dexter Lumis, Cameron Grimes, LA Knight, Tyler Rust, Austin Theory, Kushida, Leon Ruff, Bronson Reed, Jake Atlas, and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott. The final six men in the match will face-off in a Gauntlet Match at Night One of TakeOver, with the winner of that facing Johnny Gargano for the North American Championship on Night Two. Who’s your pick to go through tonight?
Not only will Cameron Grimes and Roderick Strong be in the Battle Royale, but both men will face-off tonight in singles action. Last week Grimes approached Strong about buying the rights to The Undisputed Era but instead Roderick punched him. And, in a more personal feud, Kacey Catanzaro and Kayden Carter will call-out Tian Shen for all the attacks she has orchestrated through Xia Li.
That’s the rundown for tonight’s NXT but we’re also expecting a final showdown between Karrion Kross and Finn Balor, as well as Io Shirai and Raquel Gonzalez. So there’s a lot to look forward to and we want to know what you’re excited about in the comments below. So sound off, hit that refresh button, and enjoy the show!
The go-home episode of NXT opens with a lenghty video package for the Takeover card. We go live to the CWC and out comes Roderick Strong, followed by his opponent, Cameron Grimes.
Grimes says he knows Roderick was frustrated last week and he came at the wrong time, but they’re leaving a lot of money on the table if they don’t use The Undisputed Era name. Grimes says he has some idea’s on how to take it to the next level and he shows off a t-shirt that reads “Grimes The System”. Strong isn’t impressed, so Grimes plays a new theme song for him but Strong runs out and attacks Cameron. The fight spills into the ring and the referee rings the bell.
Strong continues the beatdown in the ring with some sharp knees to a grounded Grimes. Cameron grabs hold of a front facelock to try and slow Strong down. Roddy forces Grimes back to the corner but Cameron chops him in the chest before rubbing Strong’s face along the middle rope. Strong turns the tables and chops Grimes against the ropes and kicks him down. Grimes then does the same in turn and whips Roddy to the ropes but gets caught with a single leg lariat. Strong clotheslines Grimes over the ropes and hits a dropkick through the ropes. Strong beats Grimes on the floor but stops to look at a fan wearing an Undisputed Era shirt and Grimes slams him into the barricade.
We return to find Grimes holding Strong with an abdominal stretch. Strong picks Grimes up but the money man slides off and kicks him away. Strong fires back with a big chop and some right hands, then a flying clothesline. Grimes cuts Strong off with a lariat of his own and scores a two-count. Strong catches Grimes with a backbreaker for a two-count. Strong chops Grimes in the corner, then lifts him onto the top rope. Roderick climbs up for a superplex and earns a near-fall.
Strong hits the ropes but Grimes ducks him and runs himself, then Grimes counters a crossbody with a spinning slam for a near-fall. Grimes reaches into his trunks and pulls out an Undisputed Era armband but then Roddy grabs him with an Angle Slam for a near-fall. Strong stops and stares at an Undisputed Era armband, allowing Grimse to hit a double stomp for the win!
Karrion Kross cuts a promo with footage of him in-ring over the top. Kross talks about his training for Takeover and he says he’s going back to basics; catch wrestling, Judo, etc. Kross says when the bell rings Finn won’t know what hit him and the assault won’t end until he’s the NXT Champion.
We get a video of Walter talking about his upcoming match with Tommaso Ciampa, and he says Ciampa fancies himself a veteran but he is the General and his passion and dominance is unmatched.
Legado Del Fantasma are in the ring. Santos Esocbar says he wants to issue an open challenge because he runs the bingo around NXT. He wants to show Jordan Devlin what he’s capable of. He was born a Champion, the Emporer of Lucha Libre, and that’s not just a nickname. 100 years of tradition is what he represents and the Cruiserwight title was born out of his family. The division belongs to him and will for as long as he wants it to. He says he is the greatest cruiserweight in history. Tyler Breeze answers the call and says the difference between him and Santos is that Escobar is entitled. He’s had to work his ass off to get to where he is. So challenge accepted.
The bell rings and Escobar kicks Breeze in the gut, then beats him into the corner and stomps him down. Escobar calls Breeze a joke and kicks him some more before landing a basement dropkick. Breeze counters Escobar and attacks him in the corner, then cuts him off with a dropkick. Breeze tosses Escobar out of the ring and goes after him to bring him back inside. Santos catches Tyler with a chop, then hits a nice dropkick for a two-count.
Escobar whips Breeze to the corner but the fashionista flips over to the apron and catches the Champion with an enziguiri. Breeze drops to the floor and slams Santos’ leg into the ring post. Wildea and Mendoza look to get involved but Breeze takes them both out with superkicks. Santos Escobar then attempts a suicide deive but Breeze catches him with a kick to the head. Breeze is rolling.
Back live and Escobar is holding Tyler in the corner and he lands a nasty slap to the chest. Escobar takes a run-up and hits double knees to the chest for a two-count. Escobar bends Breeze in half with a submission before releasing himself. Escobar beats Breeze into the corner and runs at him but Tyler catches him with a Frankensteiner and some punches. Breeze attacks the knee of Escobar, and jumps on it. Breeze with a spinebuster and a Sharpshooter. Breeze looks for the Unprettier but Santos shoves him off and lands a knee. Escobar lands the Phantom Driver for the win.
After the match Wilde and Mendoza attack Breeze until MSK’s music hit and they run down to the ring. Fantasma run from the ring. Grizzled Young Veterans appears on the big screen and say MSK and Legado are far too easily distracted but they’re laser focused. And soon they will be Tag Team Champions.
The Way are interviewed backstage but Gargano goes off, complaining about William Regal’s battle royale and gauntlet idea. Theory says he thinks it’s a good idea and Gargano asks him if he’s looking to take the belt from him. Austin says he heard about the finger poke of doom and he’s been thinking about that. Gargano says that killed the business but Theory says they’re all still here. Gargano agrees and thinks its a great idea, he’s rooting for Theory to win everything. Indi Hartwell and Candace LeRae then say they’re going to show the Women’s Tag Team Champions what they’re all about tonight.
We see footage from last week of Io Shirai being interviewed after being beaten down by Raquel Gonzalez. Io is asked if she has any concerns about facing Raquel after what happened and she said that’s why she chose her.
The match begins and they lock-up with Hartwell forcing Dolin back to the corner. Dolin takes a full nelson but let’s go almost right away and transitions a few times to get a cravat. Dolin hits a snapmare and a kick to the back, then teases Indi. Hartwell gets annoyed and kicks Dolin, then hits a sidewalk slam and scores a two-count.
LeRae tags in and prevents Dolin from getting a tag but Dolin drops her. Tags made to Zayda and Indi, and Ramier comes in hot with clotheslines and backs Indi into the corner. Hartwell cuts her off and tags LeRae back in, who runs across the ring and knocks Dolin off the apron. LeRae hits the Wicked Stepsister, then tags Hartwell for a springboard elbow drop. Hartwell covers for the win.
Candace gets on the microphone and says there isn’t a woman in the locker room who deserves to be a Champion more than her. She and Indi deserve to be NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. Candace warns Shotzi and Moon that she’s coming for their titles at Takeoever. Moon and Shotzi come out in their tank. They expected this and so they’re going to take care of business. Shotzi then shoots Candace with her cannon.
Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai are walking backstage when Io Shirai appears and they start brawling. Gonzalez quickly slams Io into some steel pipes and walks off.
For the second time tonight, we got a video of a dog running around. First it was in the streets but this time it was in the CWC and Beth Phoenix asked what it was about.
Roderick Strong was shown leaving the arena. He said he was “done with all of it.” Strong won’t be in the battle royale main event.
The match gets underway and Raquel swings for a clothesline but Stark rolls under it. Gonzalez looked annoyed and she corners Stark and elbows her. Stark ducks her and hits a kick, then breaks free from a choke and hits a hurricanrana. Gonzalez tosses her to the apron but Stark shoulders her, then flips into the ring over Raquel. Stark looks to hit a monkey flip but Raquel grabs hold and throws her up for a flapjack.
Gonzalez lands some nice swinging elbow drops for a two-count. Gonzalez goes to a modified chicken wing submission and holds her in the middle of the ring. Stark fights up, then dodges Raquel and hits a superkick followed by a knee to the jaw. Stark suckers Gonzalez to fly over the ropes, then jumps over the ropes but Gonzalez catches her. Raquel looks to send her into the ring post but Stark slides off and shoves Gonzalez into it.
Dakota Kai runs up and punches Stark as the referee isn’t looking, but Stark immediately clotheslines her over the barricade. Stark rushes back into the ring and hits Gonzalez with a flurry of offence, ending with a sliding knee for a near-fall. Stark goes to the top rope and hits a twisting blockbuster for a near-fall! Stark swings for a head kick but Raqeul catches it and hits the single-hand powerbomb for the win.
After the match Io Shirai marches down to the ring and gets inside to brawl with Gonzalez. Io ducks her and dropkicks Raquel out of the ring. Shirai goes after her but Gonzalez elbows her and throws her like a fly into the barricade and officials make her leave.
Kushida is interviewed backstage but he barely gets a word out until Pete Dunne appears. Dunne says he heard Kushida claim he is the best technical wrestler in the world but he already holds that title. Dunne dares Kushida to prove him wrong and Kushida says he will tonight in the battle royale.
We get a video of Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole doing sit-down interviews in what look like interrogation rooms. The video shows footage and pictures of them from 2009 until now and how their paths ahve always been linked… until now. They will face each other at Stand & Deliver in an unsanctioned match on Night 2.
The match begins but Xia Li has come to the ring by herself while Sha sits on the stage. Kayden starts off hot and smashes Li, then tags Kacy who comes in with hard-hitting offence of her own. Kacy and Kayden put Li in their corner and unload with quick tags. Xia manages to roll from the ring and Kacy chases but Li slams her into the apron, then into the barricade.
Back inside the ring, Xia lifts Kacy for a suplex but Catanzaro counters with a small package for one. Kacy hits a spinning Codebreaker and both women are down. Carter walks up the ramp and talks trash to Tian Sha , who grabs her by the throat and chokes her, then sprays mist in her face and Carter collapses, unconscious. Meanwhile in the ring, Kacy kicks the knee of Xia but Li counters with a big knee to the chest. Xia hits the spinning enziguiri for the win.
Raquel Gonzalez is backstage for an interview and she complains that Io Shirai keeps attacking her and it’s really pissing her off. Io then jumps on the back of Gonzalez from out of nowhere. Gonzalez spins her around and literally throws her through the wall!
We get another video of the little dog running around and this time it stops at the boots of a woman we can’t see. The screen reads “See you April 13th, Franky”.
Tommaso Ciampa cuts a promo and talks about whether or not he’s the same man he was in 2018. He says he hears people saying he’s old, he hasn’t been the same since he got injured, since he became a father. They’re right. He has changed and he’s a man who has something to fight for. Walter’s going to find out first-hand who he is and how big of a fall it is from the top of the mountain.
The announcers run down both nights of NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver. Matches includes Adam Cole Vs. Kyle O’Reilly in an unsanctioned match, Io Shirai Vs. Raquel Gonzalez for the NXT Women’s Championship, Santos Escobar Vs. Jordan Devlin in a ladder match, and Finn Balor Vs. Karrion Kross for the NXT Championship.
Finn Balor cuts a promo in which he says he’s been expecting Kross for a long time. It was matter of when, not if. Balor says Takeover’s are different and your legs feel a little heavier but that’s where he shines. Balor says Kross wants to dictate the pace of their match and that’s just fine because the longer they’re out there, the better he gets and the more Kross slows down. He intends to drag him out into the deep waters and drown him.
After the break we will get the Battle Royal to determine which six men will enter the Gauntlet Match at Takeover. The winner of that match willl get a title shot against Johnny Gargano on Night 2. Isaiah Scott makes his way to the ring for the match but Leon Ruff attacks him before he can get there. They brawl around ringside, then into the ring and Ruff clotheslines Swerve back out. Ruff looks to dive over the ropes but Swerve backpedals over the announce desk and hides.
The bell rings and all 11 men start brawling. Everyone pairs off and starts trying to eliminate each other, except for Dexter Lumis who just stands and watches. Pete Dunne looks at Lumis but leaves him be. Jake Atlas gets thrown to the apron and Malcolm Bivens grabs his leg, allowing Swerve Scott to kick him off. Swerve then gets thrown to the apron and trades shots with Leon Ruff. Tyler Rust gets thrown at Swerve and he flips Rust over and out. We’re down to nine men already!
Swerve attacks LA Knight while Austin Theory goes after Bronson Reed. Kushida gets Grimes over the ropes and applies an armbar on the apron but Grimse holds on. Bronson tosses Theory over the ropes and hip attacks him and Theory lands on his back but his feet didn’t toucb the ground. Theory tries to come up with a way to get back in the ring, then kips-up and thinks he did it but he’s out. Bronson tosses Kushida to the apron but LA Knight and Cameron Grimes look to team-up and get Reed over.
Reed lands on the apron but punches Knight. Kushida hits a handstand kick to Reed but he stays on the apron. Dunne tries to throw Ruff out but he bounces right back off the ropes and Dunne slams him. Dunne bends Leon Ruff’s arm as Grimes goes down and Kushida kicks his arm. Kushida and Dunne come face-to-face and talk some trash. They go at it and trade holds until Kushida locks-in a Kimura. Dunne tries to fling Kushida over the tropes but he holds on and they both go tumbling to the floor. That means we’re down to our final six and they all qualify, but who will win the match and enter the Gauntlet last? Find out after the break!
We return to find out that Kushida Vs. Pete Dunne has been added to Night 1 of Stand & Deliver. Johnny Gargano has joined the commentary team to watch the final few minutes of this match. Lumis still hasn’t moved and Swerve tries to eliminate Ruff with his feet. Swerve gets on the middle rope and lifts Ruff up but Leon swivels around onto his back. Reed grabs both men onto his shoulders and throws them both over and out! Ruff and Swerve will be the first two men to start the Gauntlet Match.
LA Knight backs Reed up to the ropes and lands some punches, then Cameron Grimes comes back in and helps out. Reed knocks Grimes back, then flips Knight over onto the apron. Knight jumps back in but Bronson catches him. Grimes pulls Knight down, then they both try to shove Reed over but he won’t budge. Dexter Lumis then walks over and helps throw Reed out! Cameron Grimes pulls out a big wad of cash and tries to pay Knight and Lumis to let him win but instead Dexter punches him and he and Knight toss Grimes out.
We’re down to the final two and Lumis stands still. Knight walks around him, trying to figure out how to engage. Knight makes a move but Lumis uppercuts him. Lumis whips Knight to the ropes and hits a back body drop. Lumis tries to throw him out but Knight turns the tables and sends Dexter to the apron. Lumis grabs Knight and tries to suplex him over the ropes but Knight snaps his neck down. Knight then runs at Lumis and tries to shoulder him but Lumis side-steps and Knight goes through the middle rope to the floor. Knight then grabs Lumis’ foot and pulls him off to win!
LA Knight is pleased with himself and goes out of the ring to confront Gargano. He tells Johnny he’s going to be the next North American Champion but Johnny laughs at him.
Io Shirai stomps down to the ring, not selling being thrown through a wall. Shirai grabs a microphone and screams in Japanese for Raquel Gonzalez to come get her. Gonzalez runs down the ramp and they meet on the floor. The women’s locker room empties to come down and separate them. Shirai gets dragged into the ring by four or five ladies but then beats them all off, then springboards off the ropes to wipe out a dozen women. Shirai is apparently indestructable and she screams some more to end the show.
That’s it for this week’s NXT. Next week will feature two Takeover’s and we’ll have live coverage right here. We want to know what you’re thinking about the upcoming shows in the comments below. Be sure to check out our results for AEW Dyanmite and, until next time, stay safe!