Welcome to Ringside News’ live results, highlights, winners and reactions for the April 13, 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 the first on Tuesday nights and we’re spiralling out of the first-ever two-night TakeOver. At the monumental show, Karrion Kross was able to overcome Finn Balor to become the new NXT Champion. Kross and Scarlett will open tonight’s NXT but that’s about all we know. Will Balor challenge Kross to a rematch? Or does a new challenger step up? Let us know what you think might happen.
NXT’s other major title changed hands last week, with Raquel Gonzalez defeating Io Shirai after her incredible reign. Gonzalez will also be live on NXT tonight to talk about her win and possibly set-up a new feud. The new NXT Tag Team Champions, MSK, will defend their titles against Drake Maverick & Killian Dain. Santos Escobar defeated Jordan Devlin in a gruelling ladder match to become the undisputed Cruiserweight Champion and tonight he extends an open challenge to the NXT roster.
Tonight will also see the debut of Frankie Monet, Leon Ruff Vs. Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott, and a huge tag team match with The Way taking on Dexter Lumis, Bronson Reed, Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon. It’s a jam-packed edition of NXT and we want to hear from you in the comments below. So hit the refresh button below and enjoy the show!
This week’s show opens with Scarlett and the new NXT Champion, Karrion Kross, making their way to the ring.
Kross says he told us all this would happen. He says time always comes for everyone. It was only a matter of time until he was the NXT Champion again. As for Mr. Balor, Finn is one of the best to ever step foot in the ring. He went on a tear as the Champion but unfortunately for him, he though his emotions were a weakness but anything can be a driving force when you learn to control it. And Kross controls everything. Kross says that, not that time has corrected course, he is in charge of everything.
They say when you’re on top you acn only go down but he’s sure that’s a lie. No-one will out-work or out-train him. NXT has the hungriest guys and girls in the industry but he’s starving and insatiable. So if you want the NXT Championship you can step right up and he will make your head roll. He doesn’t care who you are, howmany zeroes are on your cheque, or how good you think you are, he will fold everyone until there’s no-one left. Because in the end, everybody pays the toll.
We see highlights from the first-ever two-night NXT TakeOver, which saw Karrion Kross defeat Finn Balor for the NXT Championship, MSK become the new NXT Tag Team Champions, Walter retain the United Kingdom Championship over Tommaso Ciampa, JKyle O’Reilly defeat Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano retain over Bronson Reed, Santos Escobar become the undisputed Cruiserweight Champion, and Raquel Gonzalez become the new NXT Women’s Champion. Later tonight Raquel Gonzalez will speak for the first time since winning her title, and we’ll see exclusive footage of the aftermath of Cole Vs. O’Reilly.
The NXT Tag Team Champions, MSK, come to the ring. They’ll be making their first defense of the titles after the break.
We start the match with Dain and Nash Carter and Killian wants to lock-up but Carter kicks him in the leg. Dain grabs Carter and slams him down, then picks him up for a suplex and a quick two-count. Maverick tags in and trips Carter, then Dain lands an elbow drop. Wes Lee tags in and flips over Drake before punching him in the back of the head. Maverick ducks a larita and hits a dropkick to the knee, then a Whisper In The Wind for a two-count.
Lee stops Maverick from making a tag to Dain, then he and Nash isolate him in their corner and land a flurry of kicks. Carter hits a bronco buster for a two-count. Drake counters both MSK to make the tag to Dain, who grabs Carter from the apron and slams him down. Lee knocks Dain off the apron and looks for a suicide dive but gets caught in mid-air. Dain drops Carter with a crossbody at ringside.
Back live and Nash clocks Maverick with a knee, then a lariat in the corner and hits a snapmare and a kick to the back. Nash baseball slides Dain off the apron, then slams Drake before tagging Lee for the standing shove moonsault. Dain breaks their pin attempt, then drags Maverick to the corner and tags himself in. Dain gets them both on his shoulders but they fight off and beat him down with strikes. Lee tags in as Carter drop toe holds Dain into the buckles. Lee hits a 619 around the ringpost while Nash hits a superkick for a near-fall.
Lee lands a corkscrew senton for a near-fall. Carter tags in and looks for a sunset flip but Dain won’t budge, then Lee jumps at him but gets caught and Dain hits him with a Michonoku driver onto Carter. Maverick comes in and teams with Dain for stereo kicks, then a powerbomb. Dain looks to powerbomb Drake onto Carter but Lee gets his partner out of the way. Lee then catches Dain with a springboard cutter and get him out of the ring so they can hit a spinebuster/blockbuster for the win!
MSK leave and Dain checks on Maverick until Alexander Wolfe appears. Wolfe talks to Dain but Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel come in from behind and attack him. Imperium beat Dain down and post together.
Robert Stone and Aliyah are shown walking to William Regal’s office earlier today. Stone talks about getting his girl a title shot but Mercedes Martinez appears and grabs Aliyah by the throat while asking Stone where her money is. Stone backtracks until Jessi Kamea appears and stops her. Martinez asks if she wants to step up and Kamea says she wants to step on her. Mercedes says she can try tonight.
We see highlights of the unsanctioned match between Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole on Night 2 of Stand & Deliver. The footage shows the aftermatch of the match, in which Cole was put on a stretcher and taken to a hospital. Kyle O’Reilly collapsed backstage and he too was taken to hospital in an amublance. Both guys were wheeled into hospital side-by-side and Cole kept shouting at O’Reilly that he’s going to kill him.
Martinez rushes Kamea at the bell but gets beat down with forearms. Kamea whips her to the ropes and hits a dropkick. Mercedes rolls to the corner and Kamea stomps her down. Kamea tosses Martinez to the opposite corner and follows-up with a splash. Kamea drags Martinez around by the hair, then hits a rope-assisted elbow drop. Jessi jumps at Martinez with a crossbody but nobody’s home. Martinez catches her with a flying knee, then a side-slam backbreaker for the win.
After the match, Martinez runs out and Aliyah bolts but she catches Stone. Martinez pins him against the barricade and he give her the money he owed. Mercedes then stares at Vic Joseph and shouts that she’s coming for Raquel Gonzalez.
The Way is interviewed backstage and talk about their upcoming tag match. Gargano says this match is cuckoo bananas but this is the first time all four of them are in a match together. Theory says he’s excited to get his revenge on Dexter Lumis and Indi says she’s excited to get in there with him as well. Gargano says tonight they prove they’re the best inter-gender team in NXT history.
Legado Del Fantasma come to the ring. The undisputed Cruiserweight Champion, Santos Escobar, says his title was that of a forgotten division one year ago. Then Legado Del Fantasmas was born and the sideshow became the main event. They took the Cruiserweight title to the main event and stole the show at Stand & Deliver. He says his family are warriors and that’s why tonight he will extend an open challenge to whoever wants it.
The bell rings and Kushida knocks Escobar from the ring with a dropkick. Escobar laughs at ringside before getting back in and takes the fight to Kushida. Kushida and Escobar trade fast reversals for a solid 40 seconds. Esobar attempts a sunset flip but Kushida grabs him for an armbar only for Santos to scramble to the ropes. Kushida wraps his arm around his leg and snap it, so Escobar rolls outside. Kushida runs but handsprings back into the middle of the ring and poses like Hulk Hogan.
Back live and Escobar has taken control of the match. Santos hits a running lariat in the corner, then kicks Kushida out of the ring. Escobar goes out and lifts Kushida into a hanging powerbomb position and swings his head into the steel steps! Escobar then puts Kushida on top of the steps and applies a Liontamer! Santos let’s go and gets back in the ring before the referee’s count. Kushida rolls in and eats a flurry of kicks to the face from Santos for a near-fall. Escobar applies a submission to the arm but Kushida fights up.
Escobar kicks Kushida and backs him into the corner for a big chop, then a running knee to the chest. Escobar lifts Kushida onto the top rope and lands a Frankensteiner for a near-fall. Kushida fights up from a submission but get caught with a flying kick. Santos lifts him up but Kushida elbows himself free, hits a reverse atomic drop, then an arm-drag and dropkick. Kushida lands a forearm and a running kick to the elbow. Kushida looks for a hammerlock DDT but Santos escapes. Kushida hits a big uppercut in the corner, then lifts Escobar up top.
Kushida hits an arm-trap superplex, holds-on and hits another with a bridging pin but Santos gets a foot on the bottom rope. Kushida looks for the flying armbar but Santos breaks free and kicks him, only for Kushida to follow-up with a Pele kick and both men are down. They trade hands while climbing to their feet, then hit stereo kicks. Kushida wants a handspring back elbow but Escobar catches him ith a backstabber. Escobar looks for the Phantom Driver but Kushida slips off and rolls him up for the win!
Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher are sitting backstage. Ciampa says the Dusty Cup tested their cohesion as a team. Walter and Imperium tested their resolve. Did they win every fight? No. Did they pass the tests? Yes. Now they’re facing a whole new tag team landscape. Thatcher says they could go for the tag team divsion or the very top but CIampa tells MSK they’re coming.
Kushida is in the trainer’s room with his new title. William Regal walks-up and congratulates him. Jordan Devlin comes in clapping sarcastically and says he beat Santos Escobar but so what? Who did he ever beat? Devlin says anyone can climb up a ladder quicker than someone else. He’s going home for a little while but when he comes back it will be for the Cruiserweight Championship.
Dakota Kai is in the ring and she introduces the new NXT Women’s Champion, Raquel Gonzalez. The Champion gets a “you deserve it” chant and she loves it. Gonzalez says a year and a half ago was the biggest night in NXT history, when they went live on the USA Network. She was supposed to make her debut but she wasn’t ready. So she went home and trainer harder than everyone and now she’s the NXT Champion. Raquel says only one person recognised her talent and that was Dakota Kai.
Gonzalez says that, without Kai, she wouldn’t have debuted in Portland, wouldn’t have been one-half of the first-ever NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, and she wouldn’t be NXT Champion now. Raquel says all-due respect to Io Shirai for being a great champion, but the Raquel Gonzalez era has officially begun. Suddenly the lights go out and when they come back up, Franky Monet is on the stage holding her little dog.
Monet comes to the ring and congratulates Gonzalez. She says she’s here to formally introduce herself to the world and now the best women’s division in the world has got a little classier and a whole lot better. And seeing as Raquel is at the top of it, she’ll be seeing a lot more of her. Gonzalez says Franky is lucky she’s in a good mood tonight, because if she interrupts her again she’ll shove her dog straight up her you-know-what. Monet gets out of the ring and says she’ll see Raquel every Tuesday.
Monet leaves but out of nowhere, the RAW Women’s Champion, Rhea Ripley comes out! Ripley comes to the ring with her title and stands face-to-face with Raquel. Ripley and Gonzalez clap belts together and smile, then out comes the SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair! Gonzalez, Belair, and Ripley stand togehter in the ring with their titles and we see a photo of all three from their early days in NXT. All three women pose together, then hug.
Pete Dunne says he outclasses Kushida at Stand & Deliver, proving he’s the best technical wrestler in the world. He dares anyone to step-up and try to prove him wrong. In the meantime, it’s time for him to focus on Championship gold again.
Sarray will make her NXT debut next week. WIlliam Regal says he’s very excited for her debut and it’s taken a long time to put in place. Regal waslks into his office and Roderick Strong is there with his wife, Marina Shafir. He hands Regal a brown envelope and says he’s done. Regal says it hasn’t always been easy but he’s a consummate professional and welcome back in NXT anytime. Strong is, allegedly, gone from NXT.
The bell rings and they butt heads, arguing. Ruff punches Scott and takes him down. Swerve hits a flapjack and looks for a kick but Ruff catches it and and drops him. Ruff dropkicks Scott from the ring and goes after but gets hit and tosses back inside. Ruff runs at Swerve but gets tossed over the ropes onto the apron and dropped with an elbow. Scott drags Ruff inside and htis a flying elbow from the middle rope to the back for a two-count.
Ruff counters a back suplex, then hits a flying forearm and a back elbow. Ruff connects with a hip attack, then beats Swerve into the corner. Ruff jumps from rope to rope, avoiding Swerve, then looks for a springboard but Scott jumps up and hits a Russian leg sweep from the middle rope! Swerve knocks Ruff outside and goes to the apron to hit a running kick as we head to the break.
Swerve beats Ruff into the corner and chops him hard. Scott shouts inRuff’s face and holds him, then chops him again. Ruff fires-up and slaps Swerve over and over, then htis a few lariats. Ruff leaps for a springboard cutter but gets caught with an armbar. Ruff fights free and this time he lands the springboard cutter. Swerve rolls outside and Leon hits a springboard tope to Scott on the floor. Ruff gets Scott back in the ring for a near-fall. Swerve and Scott go to the apron and both climb the corner but Ruff gets knocked back and kicks the arm of Swerve.
Ruff jumps back up and hits a massive Frankensteiner, then crawls over for a near-fall. Leon unlaods a flurry of punches and forearms but Scott fires back and lifts him up. Ruff counters with a hurricanrana into the turnbuckles, then a rope-assisted lariat but Swerve coutners with one of his own. Ruff rolls-up Scott for a near-fall. Scott is on the top rope and Ruff looks for another Frankenstiner but Scott drops him on the top turnbuckle. Swerve hits a move that looks a little like a One Winged Angel for the win.
Zoey Stark is interviewed backstage and asked bout how she’s feeling. Stark says she feels amazing because not long ago she was struggling to make ends meet but now she’s in NXT and she just had the biggest win of her career against a former Champion in Toni Storm. Mercedes Martinez walks-up and asks why a rookie is getting interviewed instead of her. Stark steps to her and they agrree to fight next week.
We get a hype video for Walter. He says he faced one of his toughest opponents to date in Tommaso Ciampa but he’s still the United Kingdom Champion. Walter says Imperium are going to expand and take over the world in a bid to restore the honour to the sport. NXT is going to learn what they mean when they say the mat is sacred.
Swerve is interviewed backstage but Leon Ruff appears and slams his head into lockers over and over. Ruff then grabs a production box and runs it into Swerve’s head. He shouts at Ruff that it isn’t over until he says it is.
Theory and Lumis start proceedings and Austin backs him into the corner for shoulder tackles. Theory tries to leap over Lumis but gets caught with a Thesz Press and punched. Theory looks to tag out and Indi wants in but Candace takes the tag. She comes in to Lumis but Ember Moon runs across the ring and shotgun dropkicks her. Shotzi and Ember team on Candace until Gargano tags himself in. Shotzi and Moon beat on Johnny, then Moon tags Lumis.
Dexter drops Gargano with a flapjack uppercut, then knocks Austin off the apron. Candace gets off the apron but Indi twirls her hair and stares at him. Lumis walks up and Hartwell puckers-up but before lumis can do anything Candace pulls her off the apron. Johnny attacks Lumis from behin dnad tags Austin Theory as we head to the break.
Back live and Lumis makes a tag to Bronson, who comes in hot against Theory with forearms and a body attack. Gargano runs in but he too gets caught with a body attack. Johnny and Theory are in the same corner and Reed splashes them both. Reed gets Theory on his shoulders and Gargano willingly climbs on so Reed can hit a Samoan drop. Candace and Hartwell run in and prevent the tag, then Shotzi and Moon rush in and attack them.
All hell brekas loose and the rules go out the window. Candace tries to crossbody Bronson Reed but bounces off. Lumis catches Theory with a spinebuster, then Johnny pulls Dexter outside. Moon hits Gargano with a suicide dive, then Candace hits Lumis with a dive into a DDT. Bronson tosses Shotzi over the ropes onto everyone at ringside, then Gargano catches him with a superkick. Lumis hits Johnny with The Silence and Indi runs inside but she doesn’t want to hit him. So Hartwell lies down and Lumis let’s go to check on her. Theory runs in and stomps Lumis, then Indi toses him over the ropes!
Indi plays dead again, so Lumis lifts her and carries her backstage – on the way up the ramp Indi looked back at the ring over Lumis’ shoulder and winked. Moon hits an Eclipse to Austin Theory with the help of Reed, then Bronson looks for the Tsunami but Gargano stops him. Reed throws Gargano off and Candace tries to superplex Reed but Shotzi lifts her off and throws her onto Theory with a splash. Bronson hits the Tsuanmi to end this….thing.
After the “match” we see replays, then Bronson Reed poses with Moon and Shotzi on his shoulders.
Next week Kyle O’Reilly will return to NXT to address his match against Adam Cole at Stand & Deliver. Reed, Blackheart, and Moon pose to end the show. Let us know what you thought below and we’ll see you back here tomorrow for more news and AEW Dynamite results.