Welcome to Ringside News’ live results, highlights, winners and reactions for the April 20th, 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 an actioned-packed one, with the main event being Dexter Lumis Vs. LA Knight. Since his debut, Knight has been a force on the microphone but hasn’t exactly succeeded between the ropes. He and Lumis had a few run-ins in the lead-up to TakeOver and tonight they look to settle the score, although Lumis’ mind may very well be on Indi Hartwell.
In a shocking turn last week, Kushida defeated Santos Escobar to become the new Cruiserweight Champion. Tonight Kushida will celebrate his title victory by putting the belt on the line in an open challenge. Chances are, Santos Escobar could be the man to answer the call.
Elsewhere tonight, Sarray makes her NXT debut, and Kyle O’Reilly will make his first appearance since beating Adam Cole at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver. Based on a slice of CCTV footage we saw of Cole and O’Reilly arriving at the hospital after their unsactioned match, it appears this feud isn’t over yet. And that’s the rundown for tonight’s NXT. Let us know what you’re excited to see and hit that refresh button below to stay up to date. Enjoy!
This week’s NXT opens with a new intro video and song, replacing Slipknot with Poppy. We go live to the Capitol Wrestling Centre and out comes Kyle O’Reilly for the first time since his unsantioned match with Adam Cole.
O’Reilly is wearing sunglasses and a wicker hat and he says he’s feeling great because he has put Adam Cole behind him. He’s always believed that hard work speaks for itself and it’s time for him to move on. So what’s next? Well he’s learned that, to succeed in NXT, you need the killer instinct. Willing to do anything, endure anything, to achieve your goals. He’s found that instinct. So should he challenge for the workhorse title, the North American Championship? Or does he take his killer instinct and hunt the most dominant force NXT has seen, Karrion Kross.
Cameron Grimes interrupts O’Reilly and makes his way to the ring. Grimes congratulates Kyle and says he can obviously stand and deliver. And he made a lot of money betting on O’Reilly using Draft Kings. Grimes thinks if O’Reilly had his backing he could be a true star. He says they could take some of his best moments and turn them into NFT’s. Together they could go to the moon. O’Reilly kept making weird faces and silly voices during that. He says he loves the idea and he thanks Grimes for the tip on Doge coin. O’Reilly says he’s cleared to compete and punches Grimes in the face. “Cool Kyle” leaves after some weird dancing and over-the-top facials.
We see NXT’s newest signee, Sarray arriving at the arena earlier today. William Regal went to greet her and Zoey Stark came out to welcome her. Stark asked for a match and Sarray agreed.
LA Knight is walking backstage and he says he was the star of Stand & Deliver. So much so that everyone teamed-up against him at TakeOver to eliminate him. Well, what goes around comes around and tonight he starts by getting revenge on Dexter Lumis. And that’s just a fact of life.
As Dexter Lumis is making his way to the ring we see the end of last week’s show where he kidnapped a very willing Indi Hartwell.
The bell rings and Knight talks trash to Lumis before locking-up. They struggle for control and Knight looks for a cheap-shot but Lumis ducks it. Knight hits a shoulder tackle and looks for a pin but Lumis kicks him off and hits a forearm. Knight kicks Lumis as he looks for a back body drop, but Dexter fires right back with a lariat. Knight shoves Lumis and hits a big boot, then looks to get on top of him but Dexter grabs him with The Silence. Knight scrambles away and rolls from the ring.
Knight gets on the apron and snaps Lumis’ head on the top rope, then htis a flying shoulder tackle over the ropes and taunts the crowd. Knight hits the ropes but Lumis catches him with a back body drop, then drops down to stalk him. Knight slides backwards and away from Lumis but ends up crotching himself on the ring post. Lumis goes out and punches him in the face, then brings him back into the ring but LA slams him in the corner and tosses him out of the ring.
We return in time to see Lumis hit a spinebuster. Lumis lands some sharp right hands that back LA into the corner, then connects with a bulldog, back suplex, and a leg drop. Lumis hits a rope-assisted suplex for a near-fall. Knight is tossed from the ring and Lumis slides out after him but gets thrown into the barricade. Knight continues the assault at ringside until Lumis uppercuts him, then we see Indi Hartwell on the other side of the barricade and Lumis stares at her.
Indi falls as she walks along the barricade but brushes it off well. Knight attacks Lumis from behind and puts him back in the ring. LA talks trash to Hartwell behind the barricade but Lumis comes flying ove the top rope with an axe handle to Knight and throws him back inside. Lumis stares at Indi again, then gets back into the ring but Knight takes advantage of the distraction and hits his finisher for the win.
After the match Knight leaves and Indi climbs over the barricade, then gets on the apron. Lumis appraoches and Indi puckers-up but The Way appear and pull Hartwell off the apron. The Way carry Indi to the back.
Leon Ruff is backstage and he asks Swerve if he enjoyed standing over him in the ring last week, because he definitely enjoyed standing over him backstage. Ruff reminds Swerve that he smashed him into the lockers over and over. Ruff says he’s done playing and this has to end.
Beth Phoenix sits down with Io Shirai for an interview. Beth asks about Io winning the title at In-Your-House, and Shirai says that was the best night of her life. Holding the NXT Women’s Championship means you are the best in the world. They see footage of Raquel Gonzalez beating her at Stand & Deliver and Io says Raquel was her biggest and toughest challenge. When the time is right, she wants a title match. In the meantime, she will rest. She defended her title for over 300 days and she can overcome the challenge of Gonzalez when she returns.
Franky Monet appears with her dog and introduces herself to Io and Beth Phoenix, while low-key insulting both women. She says if Io is leaving for a while, she’d be happy to fill her shoes…hers are nicer anyway. Io gets up and rants in Japanese but Franky says she doesn’t understand. Io then looks at her dog and says she prefers cats.
Breeznago are in the ring dressed as British royal guards. Grizzled Young Veterans come out and Zack Gibson says they’re idiots. He asks Breeznago when they’re going to learn that playing fools isn’t getting them anywhere. The Liverpudlians try to jump Breezango at the outset but both get knocked out of the ring.
We start the match with Gibson and Breeze and they brawl into the corner. Breeze fights out and hits a Frankensteiner, then goes to a wristlock. Tag to Fandango and he hits a sunset flip for a one-count. Dango beats Gibson into the corner and whips him to the opposite but Drake jumps up to block the impact. Gibson hits Fandango with a snapmare and goes to a rear chinlock.
Drake tags in and they look for a double-team but Dango knocks Gibson out of the ring, then tags Breeze. Dango suplexes Drake onto the top rope, then he and Breeze kick him and he tumbles to the floor. Fandango leaps over the ropes with a tope to the Grizzled Young Veterans and dances as we head to the break.
We come back and pretty quickly James Drake appears to hurt his knee. The referee checks on him and keeps Breezango at bay but Gibson pokes the eye of Dango, then Drake hops up and says he’s fine. Drake puts Dango in the corner and tags Gibson before hitting a missile dropkick. Gibson takes another rear chinlock but Dango fights up and hits a discus lariat.
Both men make tags and Breeze comes in hot with a right hand, then knocks Gibson of the apron and backs Drake into the corner. Breeze intercepts Gibson with a leg lariat, then knocks Drake outside and goes out after them. He drops Gibson on the floor and gets Drake back inside but they double-team him for a two-count. The Veterans hit Ticket To Mayhem for the win.
The Way are backstage for an interview but Bronson Reed appears before they can speak. He says he wants Indi Hartwell and Dexter Lumis to be a thing and he isn’t done with the North American Championship. Austin Theory gets in between them and says nobody messes with “big poppa John”. Theory says he already talked to William Regal and if Reed wants to get another shot he’ll have to go through him first. Reed says that’s just fine and walks off but Gargano is furious. e reminds Theory that Reed pinned him last week!
Cameron Grimes is backstage and he reads a letter, explaining that he missed out on an NFT because he was outbid by Ted Dibiase. Grimes screams and storms off.
The match gets underway and they go to a test of strength. Stark bends Sarray down to the mat by the wrists and jumps on her but Sarray kcks her off and flips over for a pin attempt. They trade some quick moves and Sarray hits a dropkick to the knee. Sarray stomps the back of Stark and hits a jumping stomp. Sarray applies a reverese STF for a moment but Stark gets free and hits a running back elbow in the corner.
Stark hits a snapmare and a runing lariat for a two-count. Stark lifts Sarray and hits a German suplex for a two-count. Stark continues beating Sarray and slams her into the buckles. Stark takes Sarray down and twists her arms behind her back. Sarray runs Stark into the buckles but he holds on, then turns her over and slams her into them. Stark gets tossed over the ropes and dropped with a right hand. Stark comes back in and they trade forearms, with Sarray getting the better of it.
Sarray goes to the ropes but Stark connects with a knee, then Zoey htis te ropes but Sarray hits a dropkick. Sarray follows-up with a nasty basement dropkick, then a fisherman suplex pin for a near-fall. Stark connects with a headkick, then a dragon suplex and a running knee for a near-fall! Stark goes to the top rope and looks for a 450 but nobody’s home. Sarray hits a wheelbarrow pin for a two, then Stark connects with a superkick for a near-fall. Sarray counters a German suplex and hits a spin kick, then a Saito suplex for the win!
After that very good match, Sarray helps Stark to her feet and they hug. Stark holds her hand up and leaves the ring. As Stark is leaving, Toni Storm attacks her! Storm slams her into the barricade and stomps her down until Sarray and a referee come to her aid.
Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez are interviewed backstage. Raquel talks about Io’s comments earlier tonight and says she wants to be an even better Champion than she was. Kai butts in and says “we beat Io so bad she had to go on vacation.” The interviewer says Mercedes Martinez wants a title shot and Kai says she wants to go to Hogwarts but you can’t always get want you want. Raquel says the whole women’s division can line-up and she’ll run through them all.
Indi Hartwell and Candace LeRae are walking backstage and stop to talk. Indi isn’t listening because Dexter Lumis is in the nearby room. Candace walks off, not realising Indi isn’t there, and she walks into Shotzi and Ember. Candace berates them for not beint a “real” team and says her and Indi are family. Once she realises Indi isn’t there, Candace slaps coffee out of Ember’s hand and they grab her and drag her into a room and shut the door behind them.
We see replays of Kushida winning the Cruiserweight Championship last week. Kushida comes to the ring and he says he got an opportunity last week from an open challenge, and tonight he gives someone else that opportunity.
The match begins with Lorcan forcing Kushida to the corner before releasing. Kushida catches a kick and takes Lorcan down with a kneebar but Oney rolls it over and takes a front facelock. Lorcan transitions to a wristlock, then a headscissors. Kushida reverses with a surfboard stretch but Lorcan flips over and lands on him for a one-count.
They continue mat wrestling with some impressive holds and reversals. Lorcan takes a headlock but Kushida shoves him to the ropes and gets taken down with an armbar. Lorcan reaches the ropes to force the break. Kushida knocks Lorcan over the ropes to the floor as we head to the break.
We return and Lorcan is in control of Kushida. The Champion breaks away and hits a handspring but Lorcan avoids it and lands a lariat and a knee to the gut. Lorcan goes to an abdominal stretch but Kushida elbows the arm to break free. Lorcan hits a running elbow in the corner, then looks for another but Kushida hits an uppercut to intercept him. Kushida hits another uppercut in the corner, then a flurry of strikes.
Kushida goes to the top rope and hits a double knee to the elbow of Lorcan. Kushida wants an armbar but Loran fights him off, then hits a charging European uppercut followed by a blockbuster for a near-fall. Oney lands some massive chops to the chest of Kushida, who seems to get more fired-up. Kushida hits a hip-toss and a dropkick, then gets the Hoverboard Lock and Lorcan taps.
Santos Escobar comes out after the match but Kushida gets attacked from behind by Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza. Fantasma beat Kushida out of the ring and against the announce desk until MSK come running down to even the odds. Kushida and MSK clear the ring and stand tall.
Mercedes Martinez cuts a promo backstage, singling out Dakota Kai for being in control of Raquel Gonzalez. She says she’ll do Raquel a favour and take Dakota out, then nothing will stop her from taking the Women’s Championship.
Gargano and Theory are sitting backstage arguing when Candace walks in looking beat-up. Indi walks in as well and brags about haing made eye contact with Lumis, but then says she talked to William Regal and got them a title shot. Everyone but Candace puts their hands in and runs out of the room.
We start the match with Aichner attacking Martel and beating him in the corner. Parker tags in but they double-team him as well ans knock Martel off the apron. Killian Dain comes down and Alexander Wolfe gets in his face at ringside. Parker rolls-up Aichner for a near-fall, meanwhile Drake Maverick runs down adn tries to attack Wolfe but Dain holds him off. Imperium hit an electric chair/flying clothesline for the win.
Kyle O’Reilly is walking backstage when he sees Karrion kross and Scarlett. O’Reilly stops and stares at them before making his way to the ring for the main event.
The match gets underway and O’Reilly takes the wrist of Grimes but Cameron wriggles free and takes him down by the ankle. Kyle escapes and switches to a Kimura but Grimes fights up, only for O’Reilly to take him down with a rear chinlock. They continue trading back and forth with submissions and reversals until Grimes hits the ropes an O’Reilly drops down and trips him. Kyle goes back to the wrist but Grimes fights up and lands a European uppercut but O’Reilly comes back with a flying knee.
O’Reilly hits a cocky slap to the face, then starts kicking Camerocn around the ring. Grimes fires abck with chops to the chest and looks for a sunset flip but O’Reilly grabs the arm and looks for an armbar. Grimes rolls over to the ropes to force the break. O’Reilly takes the leg and Grimes kicks him of, then flips over and German suplexes O’Reilly out of the ring!
Grimes is in control of the match when we return from the break. Grimes puts O’Reilly down in the corner and chokes him with a boot, then whips him chest-first into the opposite buckles. Grimes applies a rear chinlock with a knee in Kyle’s back. O’Reilly rallies and lands some big kicks and knees, then sweeps him off his feet. O’Reilly hits a running forearm in the corner, snaps the arm, then hits a sit-out back suplex into a kneebar. Grimes reaches the ropes to force the break, then O’Reilly kicks the leg out from under him.
Kyle grabs a guillotine and chokes Grimes, then let’s go and kicks him in the chest. Grimes counters and hits a spinning sidewalk slam for a two-count. Grimes lifts O’Reilly, who rolls down and attempts another kneebar but Grimes sits down for a near-fall. O’Reilly hits a pop-up knee, then looks for a slingshot clothesline but Grimes catches him with a spinning crossbody for a near-fall. Grimes and O’Reilly trade strikes until Kyle hits the slingshot lariat, then a few kicks and a brainbuster. O’Reilly goes to the top rope and hits a flying knee to the back of Cameron’s head for the win.
That’s it for this week’s NXT. Let us know whar you thought of the show and remember we’ll be back tomorrow with AEW Dynamite results. Until then, stay safe!