It’s Tuesday night and that means a brand new episode of WWE NXT for June 22nd, and Ringside News has you covered with live play-by-play results coverage.
Start time for NXT is at 8:00 PM EST. Match-by-match highlights and results from the show will take place on this very page. Feel free to leave any reactions in the comment section below.
We have a loaded edition of NXT for you tonight with a variety of high-profile matches. Adam Cole returns to action against an opponent of his choosing, Kyle O’Reilly battles Kushida in a non-title match, Franky Monet will be in action, and Ever-Rise faces Hit Row. And those are only the matches announced ahead of time.
The Milion Dollar Champion, LA Knight, is still butting heads with Cameron Grimes, William Regals enforcer, Samoa Joe, will be on hand, and we’re sure to see more from the likes of Raquel Gonzalez, The Way, MSK, and more. Most interesting of all, is the mysterious “Diamond Mine” opens tonight. We have no idea what this entails but rumours suggest it may be a reboot of the RAW Underground idea, which was originally supposed to be on NXT anyway.
That’s the preview for tonight’s NXT. Let us know which match you’re most excited about and what you think the Diamond Mind will be. Our live coverage will begin from 8PM right here. Let us know if you’re excited about any of it and remember to hit the refresh link below and enjoy the show!
This week’s NXT opens with a look back at last week and the return of the one and only Samoa Joe.
Adam Cole comes to the ring. He says William Regal decided last week that he’d have to fight Kyle O’Reilly at the Great American Bash, then Samoa Joe assaulted him. And now he has to choose his opponent for tonight but there’s no way in Hell he’s doing that. Cole says he isn’t about to start following rules just because Samoa Joe is back, and Joe needs to understand he’s the new King in NXT. He says he isn’t wrestling tonight and nobody will change his mind.
Before Cole can leave, out comes rookie Carmelo Hayes, the guy who answered Kushida’s open challenge a few weeks ago. Hayes introduces himself and says if anyone is going to change Adam’s mind, it’s him. Cole laughs at him and asks why that is and Hayes says “ruthless aggression” and slaps Cole.
The bell rings and Cole storms Hayes, then hits the ropes but Hayes catches him with a springboard clothesline. Hayes knocks Cole out of the ring, then dives over the ropes onto him. Hayes puts Cole in the ring and gets on the apron but Adam boots him back off. Cole takes control of the match and beats Hayes around the ring, hitting a neckbreaker for a two-count.
Hayes counters Cole and hits a fireman’s carry into a facebuster, then a lariat for a two-count. Hayes beats Cole in the corner, then kicks him and climbs the ropes but gets shoved off and to the outside. Cole goes out after him and tosses Hayes into the barricade, then into the plexi-glass as we head to the break.
Cole is still in control as we return, keeping Hayes grounded with a sleeper. Carmelo fights up and rallies but gets caught with a back elbow. Cole whips him hard into the buckles, then out of the ring and wants a count-out win. Hayes rolls back in at seven and Cole goes back to work, punching him in the corner and talking trash. Hayes stands up but gets slapped back down. Hayes fires back with some forearms, rolls over Cole and htis a pump kick.
Hayes runs into a pump kick from Cole but counters a suplex with a cutter for a near-fall. Cole gets an inside cradle for two but Hayes retaliates with an enziguiri and a Codebreaker for a near-fall. Cole counters Hayes and lands a backstabber for a two-count. Cole goes to the middle rope and looks for Panama but eats a superkick. Hayes springboards into a superkick, then Cole scales the ropes again and this time he lands Panama Sunrise for the win.
We see Franky Monet, Jessi Kamea, and Aliyah backstage and they’re bragging when Robert Stone appears feeling left out. Monet is her usual two-faced self and Stone is terrified of her tiny dog. Aliyah and Kamea face Io Shirai and Zoey Stark tonight.
Zoey Stark is interviewed backstage and asked why she helped Io Shirai last week. Stark said Shirai gave her her big break in NXT and last week she paid it back. However teaming with Io is a different thing altogether. Io appears and says she respects Stark but she doesn’t like her. Stark says respect is all they need to win.
We see a video package of LA Knight enjoying his new Million Dollar Championship at his mansion, and he says it was glorious watching Cameron Grimes fall from the ladder at In Your House. But it’s going to taste so much better when the Million Dollar Man drops him with his own two hands. Why? Because it’s LA Knight’s game.
Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory come to the ring. Gargano says it’s exciting times; we have new management, so we need a new NXT Champion. We don’t need the big, bald meathead, we need the respectable, family-man, poppa John. He says while hw was NXT Champion the brand thrived. And he proved he is superior to Kross at TakeOver. He could outwrestle him any day.
Pete Dunne and Oney Lorcan make their way down to the ring. Dunne says Gargano is stupid if he thinks he’s number one contender. Theory gets mad but Gargano says Dunne is just trying to provoke them. Gargano says they don’t partake in shenanigans anymore, they are law-abiding citizens. Johnny says if it’s a match Dunne wants, he isn’t getting it. Gargano puts the microphone down and walks away but Theory tells Dunne he’s watching him, so Pete grabs his hand and snaps the fingers. Gargano and Theory retreat.
Cameron Grimes is shown arriving at the arena and handing out some money to people outside the arena. A guy asks how Dibiase is doing and he says he’s fine. Ari Sterling appears and makes fun and says Dibiase is in a nursing home, so Grimes punches him and says that one was for Ted.
Adam Cole is interviewed backstage but he refuses to say if he thinks O’Reilly will beat Kushida tonight. He says he doesn’t care. He’s going to do to O’Reilly what he did to Hayes earlier tonight. William Regal walks in and Cole asks him why Joe wasn’t reprimanded for attacking him last week. Cole says he doesn’t want to be there anyway and walks off.
Theory and Gargano march into William Regal’s office and demand he does something about Pete Dunne. Regal agrees something should be done, so he books a tag match for tonight between them. Gargano is not pleased.
Shirai starts with Aliyah and Io chops her before hitting a flapjack. Io beats Aliyah down in the corner and satands on her before tagging Stark. Zoey takes a wristlock but Aliyah forearms her, then hits a headscissors but Stark lands on her feet. Stark with a basement clothesline and in comes Kamea. Stark and Kamea trade reversals and pin attempts. The Way make their down to ringside as Kamea hits a dropkick and takes control. Aliyah tags in for a heel kick and a two-count.
Back livea and Aliyah tags in so Kamea can throw her onto Stark for a two-count. Stark overpowers Aliyah and body slams her to create some distance. Io and Jessi get the tags and Shirai runs her over with forearms and a flapjack. Io knocks Aliyah off the apron, then hits a 619 to Jessi, followed by a springboard dropkick. The Robert Stone brand regain control but Io avoids a double suplex and tags Stark. Zoey takes them down with a double clothesline and tags Io for a moonsault and the win.
After the match, Candace LeRae and Indi Hartwell get on the apron. Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai come from the other side and get on the apron as well. They say Io seems to have found herself a little friend but they’re not jumping in line in front of them. Out come Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon, who say surely they haven’t forgot that they’re at the front of the line. They were Tag Team Champions and thye haven’t gotten a proper rematch. The three challenger teams brawl in the ring while Candace and Indi leave. Samoa Joe marches down the ramp and instructs security to come and separate them.
It’s official: MSK will defend the NXT Tag Team Championship’s against Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa at The Great American Bash.
Gargano starts with Lorcan and they trade hands. Gargano hits a hurricanrana, then a dropkick and Dunne tags in. Gargano hits an arm-drag, then another and holds the arm in a submission. Dunne kips-up but Theory tags in on and hurts his fingers doing so. Dunne tosses Gargano outside, ducks and leap-frogs Theory before hitting a clothesline.
Lorcan tags in and chops Theory hard in the corner a few times. Lorcan and Dunne target the fingers of Theory and make quick tags. Theory rallies against Lorcan and tags Johnny for a double-elbow, high-five, and elbow drop. Dunne tags in and Gargano hits an atomic drop. Theory tags in for a dropkick and a two-count, then Dunne goes back to work on the injured fingers. Theory hits another dropkick that knocks Dunne from the ring, then dives over the ropes but nobody’s home. Dunne and Lorcan slam Theory on the edge of the apron.
Back live and Dunne and Lorcan are still in control of Theory. Dunne prevents the tag but Austin kicks him away and tags in as Lorcan does on the other side. Gargano comes in hot against both with an enziguiri and double clotheslines. Gargano is sent to the apron where he kicks Dunne away, then spears Lorcan through the ropes and hits a suicide dive to Dunne. Theory tags in and puts Lorcan on the top rope for a seated Spanish fly.
Dunne runs in and trades reversals with Gargano until both men hits lariats and all four men are down. Theory knocks Lorcan back but Oney hits a running blockbuster before tagging Dunne. Pete goes to the fingers once more and snaps Theory’s arm behind his back but Gargano jumps over the ropes and kicks Lorcan onto them to break the submission. Gargano tags in and trades with Dunne but gets caught with a snap German suplex and a stomp on the fingers.
Gargano looks for the spear through the ropes but gets forerarmed in mid-air. Gargano is double-teamed by Dunne and Lorcan but Theory breaks the pin attempt. Dunne goes after Theory’s fingers again but this time Dunne hits him. Lorcan intercepts Theory with a European uppercut but Gargano then cuts Lorcan off witha superkicka nd tosses Dunne outside. Gargano hits a suicide dive DDT to Dunne, then leaps over the ropes with a snap DDT to Lorcan for the win!
As soon as the match ends Gargano goes out of the ring and Karrion Kross nails him with a forearm to the back of the head. Kross walks up the ramp to Scarlett with a smile on his face.
Samoa Joe stops Karrion Kross and Scarlett backstage. Kross reminds Joe he can’t do anything unless provoked. Joe sarcastically says “but of course”, and let’s them past. Pete Dunne walks up and stares at Joe.
They lock-up and Monet lands a side headlock takeover. Lopez fights up but Monet forces her back to the corner, then slaps her. Lopez hits a body slam and knocks Monet to the apron. Franky punches her back and gets back in the ring for a series of kicks and an STO. Monet takes full mount and punches and slaps Lopez. Monet tosses Lopez across the ring, then backs her into the corner and knees her. Lopez avoids another knee and starts chopping her. Monet counters Lopez and hits a Glam Slam for te win.
The North American Champion, Bronson Reed, has an interview backstage and he talks about Santos Escobar. He says he doesn’t understand him because he squished him against the barricade, then put him through one, and he stills wants more. Hit Row walk up and Top Dolla says everybody’s collosal until Collosus walks in the room. He says Reed isn’t even from North America and they walk off.
We see a video from earlier today when Ever-Rise attempted to grafiti Hit Row’s SUV but Top Dolla was inside and scared them off.
Top Dolla starts against Chase and runs him down. Dolla knocks Parker off the apron and beats on Chase, then tags Adonis. Parker tags in and Ashante clocks him with a perfect dropkick. Top Dolla tags in again and so does Chase, and they double-team him to send him flying to the outside. Parker attempts a suicide dive but Dolla clocks him in mid-air. Dolla puts Chase in the corner and tags Adonis for a superkick. Dolla tags back in and they land the Hit-Maker for the win.
After the match Hit Row lay out Parker and put him and Chase on top of each othe before posing with their first hit record.
Mercedes Martinez is backstage and she’s told she will be in a mixed tag match next week aganst Xia Li and Boa. She says she doesn’t play well with others, then Xia Li attacks her from behind. Boa appears too but Jake Atlas attacks him and says he’s joined the fight.
They lock-up and O’Reilly takes Kushida down. They struggle for control and trade reversals and holds on the mat. They lock-up again and O’Reilly shoots Kushida off, then catches him in an arm-bar as he looks for a springboard back-elbow. Kushida wriggles free and hits a dropkick. Kushida wraps the arm behind O’Rielly’s back and twists it with his feet. Kushida shoots O’Reilly into the buckles and they both attempt takedowns before butting heads and falling.
Back live and they’re going back-and-forth. Kushida hits a lariat, reverse atomic drop, and a hip-toss into a Kimura. O’Reilly turns it into an armbar but Kushida escapes and they trade holds some more. Kushida hits the penalty kick to the arm, then a few more kicks and an arm-trap northern lights suplex for a near-fall. Kushida goes to the top rope and jumps but O’Reilly kicks him. O’Reilly attempts another armbar but Kushida counters with a crab pin for a near-fall.
O’Reilly knees him, then looks for the rope-assisted clothesline but Kushida ducks it and hits a Pele kick. O’Reilly lands the rope-assisted clothesline, followed by a brainbuster for a near-fall. Both men are down and O’Reilly slowly drags himself to the top rope. Kushida hits a handspring kick to knock O’Reilly to the apron. Kushida runs O’Reilly arm-first into the ring post, then joins him on the apron. Kushida kicks O’Reilly’s arm a few times, then hits an arm-trap suplex on the apron!
Kushida gets O’Reilly back in the ring and looks for a tilt-a-whirl but O’Reilly counters him. Kushida hits a knee, then snaps O’Reilly’s arm on his shoulder. Kushida wants the Hoverboard Lock but Kyle forces him abck into the corner and hits a leaping knee. Kushida catches O’Reilly with the Hoverboard Lock in the middle of the ring. O’Reilly can’t reach the ropes but he rolls-up Kushida for the win!
After the match, Kushida protests the decision but then hugs O’Reilly. They share respect but Cole attacks O’Reilly from behind. They brawl out of the ring and around the annnounce desk but dozens of security come down, including Samoa Joe, and try to pull them away.
After they’ve brawled to the back, Kushida is attacked by a man in a hood. The man knees Kushida and slams him down, before revealing himself to be Roderick Strong. Roddy is joined by Tyler Rust and another man I didn’t recognise in matching outfits. Suddenly, Malcolm Bivens appears and hands Strong the Cruiserweight Championship and shouts “this is the Diamond Mine”!
That’s it for this week’s NXT, let us know what you thought of the show and we’ll see you back here tomorrow night for AEW Dynamite. Until next time, stay safe.