It’s Tuesday night and that means a brand new episode of WWE NXT for August **, 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 may be one of the last before the brand gets a makeover. Yes the black and gold brand is seemingly going away in favour of a rainbow one but we’ll reserve judgement until it happens. As for tonight. Johnny Gargano battles L.A Knight after the two trades words last week. Knight looks to move into the title picture with Samoa Joe while Gargano is preoccupied with a wedding.
Last week Ridge Holland beat the holy Hell out of Timothy Thatcher, with the help of Pete Dunne, Danny Birch, and Oney Lorcan, and tonight Tommaso Ciampa looks for revenge. The cringe-inducing Kyle O’Reilly will take on Duke Hudson, who recently featured in the Breakout Tournament. And Ikemen Jiro, also from the tournament, will face Roderick Strong. And last but not least, the new NXT United Kingdom Champion, Ilja Dragunov, will return to the show!
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We’re live in the Capitol Wrestling Centre and out comes Mandy Rose, alongside her cohorts Jacy Jayne and Gigi Dolan.
Sarray looks for a handshake but Mandy brushes her off. They lock-up and Sarray forces Mandy to the corner where she ducks between the ropes to force the break. They lock-up again and this time Mandy lifts and slam Sarray down via her back. Mandy leans on Sarray and does push-ups on her back.
Sarray starts fighting back and hits a dropkick to Rose, then ducks a clothesline and hits a leg lariat for a two-count. Sarray goes to the top rope and looks for a missile dropkick but Rose avoids her. Rose beats Sarray against the ropes and hits a fallaway slam before posing. Rose cranks the neck of Sarray but she gets reversed and Sarray applies a submission to Rose, who rakes her eyes to get free.
The two women come together in the middle of the ring and rade forearms, then Sarray catches Rose with a dropkick as she comes off the ropes. Mandy lies on the bottom rope and Sarray hits her hanging dropkick and Rose tumbles out. Dolan and Jayne scramble around Rose and put a towel over her face as though she’s been damaged. The trio walk up the ramp and get counted out.
Tommaso Ciampa is sitting alone backstage. He says he’s not going to cry over what happened Thatcher last week, they’re grown men and they know sometimes you lose. But he’s not happy what happened after the bell when the English boys tried to put Timmy on the shelf. Well now they’ve messed with the face of NXT itself and a motivated Ciampa is a dangerous Ciampa.
The match gets underway and O’Reilly is wearing Kinesio tape on his ribs while the fans are split. O’Reilly beats Duke into the corner but Hudson connects with a snap hook that drops him. O’Reilly grabs the leg but Hudson knees him with it, then Kyle jumps on his back with a sleeper. Hudson slings O’Reilly off and looks to punch him but gets caught in a heel hook. Hudson fights Kyle off and throws him across the ring into the corner, then peppers him with shots.
A big knee to the gut drops O’Reilly, then a kitchen sink knee takes him down for a two-count. Duke goes to a bear hug and O’Reilly has to fight his way to his feet. O’Reilly gets an abdominal stretch but Hudson quickly hip tosses him and whips him hard into the buckles. Hudson continues the offence and mocks O’Reilly, who catches him with a roll-up for a near-fall. O’Reilly lands some kicks but gets picked-up and hit with a nasty gutbuster.
Back live and Hudson is continuing to target the ribs with a submission. O’Reilly fights free and counters a back suplex to land a flurry of strikes. Kyle hits a flying forearm in the corner, then snaps Duke’s elbow over his shoulder and hits a dragon screw. Hudson fires back with a clothesline and both men are down. O’Reilly catches Duke with a guillotine and he struggles before lifting him up and running him into the buckles.
Duke gets O’Reilly on his shoulder and knees him, then hits a lariat into the corner followed by an overhead belly-to-belly for a near-fall. Duke can’t believe it. Kyle rolls to the apron and Hudson attempts a big boot to knock him off but O’Reilly catches the foot and hits a dragon screw on the ropes. O’Reilly goes to the top rope and hits a flying knee to the back of Hudson’s leg, then locks-in a heel hook for the win.
Indi Hartwell and Dexter Lumis will have their wedding on September 14th, two weeks from now.
The new United Kingdom Champion, Ilja Dragunov, comes to the ring. The fans chant “you deserve it”. Dragunov says he wanted us to see that he is still alive. Not just alive, more alive than he’s ever felt before. He just survived the most intense battle of his life. He says he likes it here in NXT and we’ll see him again soon but he’s shown what it takes to be the U.K Champion. How much will, passion, soul and how much struggle it takes. He asks who will be willing to go through all of that to take that title from him? The ring general has fallen, long live the Tsar.
Kay Lee Ray sat down for an interview earlier today. She says she makes an impact wherever she goes. She thrives in the big moments. So she chose one of the biggest moments she could to let the world know she’s in the USA. The women’s division needed an injection of life and a boost. She says she doesn’t care about the other women and calls out Zoey Stark for being hidden behind Io Shirai, who ran to the tag division when she heard she was coming. Dakota Kai is last week’s news, and Ember Moon is one Eclipse away from a broken hip. So she’s not afriad of anyone and she’s here to make an impact.
Carmelo Hayes is interviewed backstage and he says he already feels like a Champion. He has the golden ticket and he can challenge anyone he wants. People think he’s going to run it back with Kushida for the Cruiserweight Championship and maybe he will, or maybe he’ll swerve everyone and go for the North American Championship. Or go straight to the top and challenge Samoa Joe. Elektra Lopez appears and says the North American title already belongs to Santos Escobar. Wilde, Mendoza, and Santos appear and Escobar pretends to congratulate Carmelo before telling him to steer clear of his business.
We start the match with Waller and Aichner, with the Italian forcing him to the buckles. Waller fights back but Aichner drops him with a stiff clothesline. Waller is put in the corner and Barthel tags in and takse a front facelock. Waller hits him, so Barthel slaps him in the chest and lands some strikes before a double arm suplex. Grayson eventually drops Barthel and tags are made to Maverick and Aichner.
Maverick manages to knock Barthel to the outside and get some offense on Aichner. Maverick counters a back suplex and stumbles to the corner where Grayson tags himself in. Maverick shouts at him for tagging himself in and Aichner hits a big boot to Grayson and Barthel drags Drake from the ring. Maverick is sent into the girder by the announce desk and Imperium hit Waller with the Euro Bomb for the win.
Johnny Gargano and Indi Hartwell are backstage and she’s begging him to give Lumis a chance. Johnny rolls his eyes and looks to leave the room but Lumis is in his way and Johnny tells him to stop doing that and be normal. They’re going to be in Gargano’s corner, next!
Ridge Holland, Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch are backstage. Dunne says if Ciampa thinks he’s the toughest man in NXT he’s mad. He’ll find out what happens when he gets in the ring with a real tough guy tonight. Holland says Ciampa can say hi to his buddy in the hospital.
During the commercial break Gigi Dolan and Jacy Jayne attacked Sarray in the locker room.
The match gets underway and Knight hits Garano with a body slam and taunts InDex. Knight takes the wrist but Gargano rgets him down and grabs a front facelock. Knight gets sent to the ropes and hits Johnny with a shoulder tackle. Knight looks for a drop-down but Gargano jumps on him and wants the Gargano Escape and Knight grabs the ropes. Gargano counters Knight with a hurricanrana, then a roll-up for a near-fall.
Johnny connects with a dropkick, then forces Knight to the corner and chops his chest. Gargano snaps Knight’s arm over his shoulder but L.A then shoots him off and hits a back elbow. Knight is sent outside and Gargano hits a suicide dive. Johnny backs Knight up to the barricade and chops him, then gets him back in the ring. Knight hits a stun gun and Gargano landed right on his face. Knight hits a suplex and goes to the apron for a flying shoulder block.
Knight is choking Gargano on the ropes in front of InDex. Johnny starts fighting back but gets caught with a neckbreaker. Knight puts Gargano in the corner and hits shoulder tackles but takes too much time and misses a splash. Gargano rolls out of the way of a knee and ducks a clothesline to hit a rolling kick. Gargano hits a forearm in the corner and a spinning reverse S.T.O. Knight goes to the apron and looks for the flying shoulder again but Johnny slides under him onto the apron.
Gargano hits a spear through the ropes for a near-fall. Johnny puts Knight in the corner and attemps the ten punches but L.A carries him out only to get rolled-up for two. Gargano connects with a superkick but Knight catches him on his shoulder and hits a unique release powerslam. Knight wants the B.F.T but Johnny counters it twice, then gets him down in the Gargano Escape. Knight pins him for two and Gargano let’s go of the hold, then goes to the apron and hits an enziguiri.
Gargano looks to jump over the ropes but Knight punches him off but Lumis catches him! Johnny jumps off and Lumis shoves him out of the way as Knight was coming for him. Gargano gets Knight back inside and Lumis wants him to press their hands together but Johnny is reluctant. Gargano leans through the ropes to give Lumis the high five but Knight snatches him and hits the B.F.T for the win!
M.S.K approach William Regal’s office. Regal invites them in and they say they want to give Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch a shot at the titles because they never lost them. Regal says that’s very noble of them but, after what Lorcan and Burch did last week he was going to take that opportunity from them. However, if that’s what they want they can have it next week.
The bell rings and they lock-up, with Raquel quickly pushing Jessi to the corner, then throwing her across the ring. They lock-up again and Gonzalez drills her with a knee. Gonzalez lifts Jessi up for a dominator and runs her into the buckles. Kamea looks for a boot but gets hit with a sidewalk slam. Raquel hits the spinning Vader Bomb but Kamea grabs the ropes. Kamea moves to the apron and avoids a big boot, then snaps Raquel’s foot on the rope.
Kamea gets back inside and targets the leg with strikes. Raquel hits a dropkick and a body slam but she’s still favouring the leg. Se looks for a powerbomb but her leg gives out and Kamea lands on the top rope. Kamea then hits her but gets caught with a clothesline. Raquel manages to pick her up for the one-handed chokebomb and pins her while staring at Franky Monet.
Ember Moon is backstage and she says she’s been trying to enjoy her birthday but Kay Lee Ray had to run her mouth. She can’t take away the fact that she’s the longest reigning NXT U.K Women’s Champion but she can take away her ability to talk trash. So if she wants to do something about it, she can fight her next week.
Samoa Joe did a sit-down interview with Wade Barrett earlier today. Joe says his expectations for his reign are to redefine what it means to be NXT Champion, a standard-bearer. A man who respects himself as much as the business. And he wasn’t afforded the luxury of a relaxing camp before SummerSlam weekend, he was in Vegas scouting new talent. After taking flights he took the NXT Championship and broke the record for title reign. The precedent demanded it. The legacy of the title is important to him and he will carry it on. He will show the world the way a Champion should be and he’s excited to find out who’s willing to step to him.
The match gets underway and Strong forces Jiro to the corner and chops him. Ikemen dodges Strong and poses with his jacket, then ducks a clothesline and hits a hurricanrana. Roderick rolls from the ring and Jiro leaps over the ropes but Strong avoids him. Roderick hits Ikemen with a hip toss into the edge of the steel steps! Strong gets Ikemen back in the ring and stomps him.
Strong lands a backbreaker and applies a submission. Jiro fights back and goes to the middle rope but Strong rips him off and goes back to the beatdown. Strong goes to a headlock again while Malcolm Bivens teaches two new Diamond Mine recruits at ringside. Jiro lands some forearms and snaps Roderick on the top rope. Jiro hits a springboard moonsault for a near-fall. Jiro runs into a knee, then Strong hits a suplex backbreaker , then another for the win.
Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter are backstage with Io Shirai and Zoey Stark for an interview. Kacy and Kayden say they are best friends and you can’t account for that in the tag team division. Zoey says they’re clearly forgetting Io is one of the most decorated women in NXT history and she’d take a bullet for her. Io says she doesn’t like any of them but Zoey is on her team, so they will beat Kacy and Kayden.
This night of interviews continues with Cameron Grimes. He says he learned last week that there is only one Million Dollar Man. Grizzled Young Veterans show-up and mock him, saying he wasted weeks of his life only to get a fake title. They pull out a replica Million Dollar Championship and say they can get him a North American replica, or the NXT Championship if he wants. Grimes laughs and takes the title from them, then drops it on Gibson’s foot and he yelps. Grimes throws them some dollar bills and walks off.
Ciampa and Holland lock-up and the bigger man takes control. Ciampa manages to take him down with a headlock but Holland forces him back to the corner and hits a European uppercut. Ciampa hits him but Ridge lands an overhead belly-to-belly. Holland beats Ciampa down in the corner, then Tommaso rolls to the apron. Ciampa snaps him on the top rope, then gets back inside to hit a running face wash in the corner.
He looks to do it again but Dunne, Lorcan and Burch drag Holland out of the ring. Ciampa goes out after him and snaps Holland’s arm around the ring post. Ciampa dumps Holland on the announce desk and forearms him, then gets in the face of Dunne and co. Ciampa gets Holland back in the ring but Burch and Lorcan cause a distraction and Holland catches him with a football tackle to the knee.
Back live and Ciampa decks Holland right a forearm but the big man drops him. Holland goes a rear chinlock. Ciampa breaks free and hits a running forearm, then some chops but again gets dropped with a European uppercut. Ciampa backs him into the corner and hits a running forearm, followed by stiff lariats over and over. Ciampa hits the ropes for a big clothesline and a two-count. Ciampa wants the Fairytale Ending but Holland picks him up for an Alabama Slam and Tommaso landed right on his head.
Ciampa says he’s fine and the referee let’s it continue, so Holland pins him for two. Holland batters the back of Ciampa with forearms, then both men trade punches. Ciampa unloads and beats him down by the ropes, then gets him up for an air raid crash and a near-fall. Ciampa goes to the apron but Holland headbutts him off. Holland lifts Ciampa up and runs him into the plexi-glass, then tries to hit him with the trudgeon but hits the glass instead. Both men get on the apron and Ciampa smashes him with chops to the neck over and over, then gets in the ring adn knees him relentlessly. Ciampa hits Willow’s Bell for the win.
As soon as the match ends, Ciampa gets attakced by Dunne, Burch and Lorcan. Before it gose too far, M.S.K come down and battle with Lorcan and Burch on the floor. M.S.K get in the ring to stand with Ciampa and the heels retreat.
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.