It’s Tuesday night and that means a brand new episode of WWE NXT for July 20th, 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.
Tonight’s NXT will feature a huge showdown between Raquel Gonzalez and Xia Li with the NXT Women’s Championship on the line. Also Karrion Kross, fresh off his unsuccessful RAW debut, will be in the crosshairs of Samoa Joe after he choked him out at the close of last week’s show.
Beyond that we know Kushida will team-up with Bobby Fish tonight to take-on Diamond Mine’s Tyler Rust and Roderick Strong. Those are all the officials details about tonight’s NXT, althought we can assume we’ll see more from The Way, L.A Knight and Cameron Grimes, Franky Monet and her new brand, and the budding feud between Thatcher, Ciampa, Dunne and Lorcan.
That’s the preview for tonight’s NXT. 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 Samoa Joe’s arrival in NXT and his tense run-ins with Karrion Kross, which culminated in an attack by the NXT Champion last week.
Samoa Joe comes to the ring and he does not look happy. Joe says “tick tock, tick tock. Guess who’s come to smash your clock?” William Regal comes out and he says this is not what he had in mind. He says Joe cannot be calling out Superstars. Joe shouts that he can because the agreement was that he could if provoked and you can consider him provoked. Regal agrees and says Kross puts his hands on Samoa Joe the referee, not the competitor.
Joe says it’s all semantics. Kross is out of control, just look at him running off to RAW without telling anyone. He needs put down and he’s the man to do it. Regal says Kross is on his way and Joe will sort things out peacefully. Joe says that, with his respect for Regal, he can promise tonight will be the end of it. However he cannot promise it will end peacefully. He guarantees that someone is going to sleep tonight.
Xia Li cuts a promo in Japanese about how she will do what the others couldn’t. She will become NXT’s first-ever Chinese Champion when she defeats Raquel Gonzalez.
The Diamond Mine make their way to the ring but Fish and Kushida attack them from behind. They beat Strong in the ring, knock Rust off the apron, then toss Strong over the ropes onto Rust.
We return to find the match underway and Strong trading with his former brother, Bobby Fish. Kushida tags in and takes Strong down and snaps his arms behind his back. Fish comes back in and so does Rust, who lands some forearms before being backed into the corner and knee’d. Fish hits a tope from the apron to Rust, then drags him to the corner to tag Kushida. Strong tags in again and tees-off on Kushida before attempting a suplex but Kushida kicks him back into the corner.
Strong drags Kushida to the corner and tags Rust and they start to isolate the Cruiserweight Champion. Kushida escapes from a double-team attempt and tags Fish. Rust eats several kicks to the chest and Fish lands a splash in the corner. Fish knocks Strong from the apron and hits a sliding clothesline to Rust for a two-count. Fish lands some knees but Rust and Strong cheat and Bobby is sent to the floor. Roderick grabs Fish and dumps him on the apron.
Back live and Diamond Mine is still in control of Fish, with Bivens enjoying the work from ringside. Strong and Rust double-team Fish and keep him isolated in their corner. Strong cuts Fish off as he attempts a tag, then Rust returns to the fray. Rust kicks Fish and taunts Kushida, but Fish lands a spinebuster and makes the tag. Kushida comes in like a firework against Strong and lands a cartwheel dropkick for a two-count.
Kushida hits a running armbreaker but misses the penalty kick and Rust tags in. Rust kicks Kushida and powerbombs him. Kushida fires back with an enziguiri but Rust gets him in an ankle lock. Kushida rolls free and they trade forearms. Kushida goes up top for a flying knee to the arm of Rust, then catches him with the Hoverboard Lock for the win.
Earlier today we see Cameron Grimes driving L.A Knight to the arena. Knight complains about how long it took him to get to the arena and Grimes brushes it off. Grimes goes to get the bags and there’s half a dozen. Drake Maverick is arriving as well and he offers to help Grimes but Knight shoves him back. Knight tells Maverick to get his permission slip signed and meet him in the ring.
The match begins and Monet forces her to the corner and shoves her face. Monet hits a back elbow but misses a kick and gets rolled-up for two. Jayne knocks Monet into the corner and looks for a cannonball but Monet avoids it. Franky hits double knees in the corner, then lands some ground-and-pound. Mandy Rose appears to watch the match sitting on the announce desk.
Monet is distracted by Rose and Jayne elbows her. Monet lifts her but Jayne hits her a few times and lands a hurricanrana. Jayne connects with a big boot, then hits a running neckbreaker for a two-count. Monet screams and kicks Jayne back before hitting a Glam Slam for the win
Earlier today The Way were interviewed backstage. Gargano says it hasn’t been his best week. Kyle O’Reilly appears and says, in the corny way only he can, that Austin Theory spoke ill of him and he’s in the fighting mood. He challenges Theory and he accepts, then Gargano tells him he’s on his own.
Earlier today, Wade Barrett sat down with Bronson Reed. Wade asks how it felt losing the title and Reed says it was hard. Not just for him but for his friends and family. It was the culmination of a 14 year journey and it ended in an instant. But he can’t dwell on it. Wade asks about facing Adam Cole next week and Reed says he wants to face the very best and that’s what Cole is. Last week he ran his mouth and he shut him down. Next week will be the same.
The match starts with a feeling out process. Theory tries to use his strength, while O’Reilly attempts to counteract with his technique. Theory gets the better early on and takes him down with a side headlock. Theory trash-talks O’Reilly while in the headlock and Kyle uses a headscissors to get out. Austin scuppers a takedown attempt with a front facelock, then looks for a suplex but O’Reilly slides down and knees him. O’Reilly feigns a running knee but slaps Theory in the face. Kyle knocks O’Reilly to the apron and kicks him off.
Back live and O’Reilly lands some kicks to the chest but Theory knocks him back ad hits an impressive rolling blockbuster for a two-count. Austin forearms Kyle and looks for a rolling dropkick but gets caught in a heelhook! Theory quickly rolls to the apron and grabs the rope. Theory slams O’Reilly’s head into the buckle, then jumps over the ropes to stomp him.
Theory hits a rolling fisherman suplex for a two-count. Austin takes O’Reilly down with a submission and holds him. O’Reilly fights up and hits a kitchen sink knee, then a flurry of kicks and a sweep. O’Reilly hits a splash in the corner, then snaps the arm over his shoulder. Kyle htis a running knee, then a hip toss into an armbar but Theory retains his grip.
O’Reilly transitions to an ankle lock but Theory grabs the rope. Kyle drops a knee on his arm as he’s holding the rope, then he starts kicking it. O’Reilly punches him back, then misses a knee and Austin lifts him for a spinning sit-out powerbomb and a near-fall. The fans have been behind Theory more than O’Reilly. Theory lands an Ushigoroshi for another near-fall. Theory gets frustrated and goes outside to grab the steel steps.
O’Reilly sees him as Theory changes his mind and sees to recall being dropped on the steps by Adam Cole. O’Reilly snapped and beat him against the barricade with kicks, then gets him into the ring for some ground-and-pound and kicks to the face. Kyle lands an elbow to the face and a kick to the chest. O’Reilly goes up top and hits a flying knee to the back of the leg of Theory, then he applies the heelhook and Theory has no choice but to tap out.
Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai are interviewed backstage. Raquel says everyone has been saying the same as Xia Li and how they’re the one to ebat her but they all fail. Dakota says Xia stole her spotlight last week and tonight Raquel will make her pay. Gonzalez says she isn’t afraid of Li’s kick, she isn’t afriad of Boa, and she isn’t afraid of the little woman on the chair. And when she’s done with Xia, there will be no-one left.
Legado Del Fantasma is in the ring with two mariachi guys in lucha masks. Santos Escobar tells them he doesn’t need them and they leave. He says he was going to give the fans a taste of the best musical heritage in the world, mariachi. He changed his mind and he won’t lower himself to entertain these fans. He won’t vomit music and embarass himself like Hit Row. He will prove his worth by becoming North American Champion and restore it with heritage and passion.
Hit Row come out and Ashante Adonis says Escobar is talking real spicy. B-Fab says Legado Del Fantasma is like mariachi music: trash. Top Dolla says he’s like Pablo Escobar because he smells like money but when he sees Santos he smells nothing but crap. Top Dolla says he was bigger than all of them when he aas in sixth grade. Swerve says it took all of Legado to prevent him from winning the Cruiserweight Title last year. Well that’s fine because it’s payback time. Swerve says he’s going to make Santos his bitch. Escobar says they can keep doing nursery rhymes all night but he’s taking that title back to Mexico with him.
Hit Row come down to the ring and get on the apron and Legado invite them in, so they oblige. Wilde and Mendoza rush Top Dolla and Adonis but they get beat down. Swerve and Santos trade hands, then Escobar grabs a guitar that was for the mariachi guys and looks to hit Swerve but B-Fab grabs it. Swerve drops Santos and takes the guitar and swings but Escobar high-tails it. Wilde tried to sneak attack Swerve but they caught him and Swerve smahed the guitar over his back.
The Way are backstage arguing. Candace says everything has been awful lately, they’ve lost everything. Indi says Candace is being too hard on them and if Theory wants to kiss Dexter Lumis he can. LeRae threatens to call a therapist but Johnny stops them. Austin Theory offers a high five but Johnny ignores him, so he lifts his luggage and leaves them arguing.
Samoa Joe is waiting for Kross backstage and Regal approaches him. Regal says Kross will be here so he needs to calm down. Joe says he’s going to be the first man to greet Kross when he gets to the arena tonight. Regal asks for peace.
The match begins and they lock-up but the much bigger Jones shrugs Chase off. Chase grabs a headlock and attempts a shoulder block but Jones doesn’t budge. Chase drops him to a knee but gets tackled hard. Chase jumps but gets caught in a powerbomb position. Chase escapes but gets clotheslined over the ropes. Jones goes out to get him but Chase slips inside and dives over the ropes and Odyssey looks to catch him but they both fall.
Jones lifts and drops Chase on the announce desk but Andre comes right back by shoving him into the ring post and the metal girder. Chase gets Jones back inside for a two-count. Jones runs at Chase in the corner but gets dropkicked in the knee and he huts the buckles. Chase goes to the apron and hits a float-over stunner, then a moonsault for a two-count. Odyssey hits a few shoulder tackles and a flying crossbody. Jones rolls before hitting a splash in the corner, then a sidewalk slam of sorts for the win.
MSK is interviewed backstage and Wes Lee says they’re riding the wave of momentum. Nash says they will take on all challengers. Mackenzie says we still don’t know what MSK stands for. They start to explain but the screen shifts to a black-and-white promo from Imperium. They say the entire tag division is immature, lucha’s, gang members with stupid hand signs. They will restore the honour to the division. We cut back to MSK and Lee says “and that’s what MSK stands for.
Pete Dunne and Oney Lorcan cut a promo in which they challenge Thatcher and Ciampa to a scrap to prove who the toughest guys in NXT really are.
Maverick sneak attacks Knight at the start of the match and lands a dropkick. Knight fires back with some kicks and lands a back suplex. Knight shouts at Grimes and makes him hold the Million Dollar Championship in the air the entire time. Knight gets back inside and Maverick attacks him before hitting a Frankensteiner. Maverick goes up top for a crossbody and scores a one-count.
Maverick runs and jumps but gets caught with a fallaway slam. Grimes has stopped holding the belt so Knight leans through the ropes and berates him again. This time Maverick dropkciks Knight head=first into the title belt and rolls him up for the win!
After the match Maverick can’t believe it and Grimes is cheering but Knight attacks him. Knight stomps Maverick down in the corner until Grimes is forced to come in and pull him off. Grimes tells him it’s over but Knight demands that Grimes continue the assault. Grimes makes to leave but Knight drags him back and tells him he’s his butler and he does what he tells him. Knight lifts Maverick and tells Grimes to punch him. He doesn’t want to but Grimes punches Drake and Knight laughs and screams “I love it!”
Karrion Kross’s car arrives outside the arnea and Samoa Joe storms it and rips the driver out but it’s not Kross. The guy says Kross told him to park around back, Kross is already inside. Joe stomps off in search of the NXT Champion.
The main event gets underway and Raquel tosses Xia to the buckles but she shrugs her away. Li grabs a headlock but Raquel throws her off and hits a shoulder tackle. Gonzalez shouts to Xia to respect her but Li kips-up and jumps on her back with a sleeper. Xia leaps up onto Xia’s soulders and looks for a sunset flip but Raquel doesn’t fall and lifts her up. Li is tossed to the corner and jumps over the Champion but gets booted from the ring.
Gonzalez goes out and lifts Xia to lawn-dart her into the ring post. Raquel gets back in the ring to break the count, then looks to kick Xia against the ring post but Li avoids it. With Raquel trapped, Xia whips her leg around the post a few times, then shoves her into the steel steps. Xia gets back inside and hodls the high ground as we head to the final break.
Back live and Xia is still targetting the leg of Gonzalez. She takes her down and applies a single leg Boston crab. Gonzalez powers out and hits a big fallaway slam, then shoves her down by the head. Raquel land a lariat and a dropkick for a two-count. Xia counters with a knee, then applies a unique pin for one, then another for two. Xia kicks the back, then hits a spinning kick for a near-fall. Raquel catches a kick and lifts her for a spinebuster, then hits a twisting Vader bomb for a near-fall.
The referee makes Gonzalez back off and checks on Xia. Doctors join in and everything comes to a halt. We see replays and it seems like Raquel landed really flush with the Vader bomb, possibly broke a rib. The referee lets the match restart and Gonzalez hits her finish for the win and the referee immediately throws up the X to the doctors.
While Dakota and Raquel are posing on the ramp, Samoa Joe comes stomping down pat them to the ring. Joe calls Kross out and says he just never learns. Kross appears on the screen and says Joe isn’t in the same NXT as when he left. This is his NXT, he’s the Champion, and he can do whatever he wants. Hurt, whoever he wants. Kross turns the camera down and we see William Regal laid out on the ground. Joe runs off and Kross casually walks back to his car with lightning in the background and drives off. Joe comes running out as he drives past. Joe screams to end the show.
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.