WWE NXT Results for May 18

WWE NXT Results (05/18/2021): Capitol Wrestling Center, Orlando, Florida

Welcome to eWrestling.com’s LIVE coverage for this week’s edition of WWE NXT, which is now settled into its new timeslot, airing on Tuesday nights at 8/7C on the USA Network! The Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 showing of the black-and-gold brand’s latest episode airs LIVE from the WWE Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida, beginning promptly at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) for an action-packed edition of NXT!

As advertised for the Tuesday, May 18, 2021 edition of WWE NXT, Johnny Gargano will put the NXT North American Championship on the line in a Steel Cage Match against The Colossal Bronson Reed, Zoey Stark takes on Toni Storm, WWE Hall of Famer “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase comes to NXT and more.

Featured below are complete results and live coverage of the Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 edition of WWE NXT On USA Network which airs live at 8/7C! The following report was written by eWrestling.com’s longest-running female reporter, Jamie Rush. Follow Jamie on Twitter @JamieRush312.

WWE NXT RESULTS (05/18/2021)

WWE NXT Show Opening

Prior to the start of the Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 edition of WWE NXT’s opening, we once again get a quick view of the “WWE. Then, NOW, TOGETHER.” opening package as we next head into the newly updated opening sequence as the opening theme song replaces Slipknot’s track with Poppy’s opening theme song! We finish the new opening video package for the black-and-gold brand to get things officially started for tonight’s show! As the video comes to an end, we head into the WWE Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida to officially kick off tonight’s show which airs on TUESDAY night’s in their recently updated timeslot on the USA Network!

Announcer’s Table

To kick off the Tuesday, May 18th edition of WWE NXT on the USA Network, we head into the WWE Capitol Wrestling Center as we head to ringside where Vic Joseph welcomes us from the announcer’s table! He’s joined at ringside by the commentary co-hosts, Wade Barrett, and WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix. Fans chant “NXT!” as we go right to the ring to kick off the first match-up of the evening!!

Toni Storm vs. Zoey Stark

As we head to the ring, the entrance theme sounds for our first competitor in tonight’s opening match-up, Toni Storm. Storm makes her way to the stage as her music continues to play over the speakers inside the WWE Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida. Storm then makes her way down the ramp and enters the ring where she awaits her opponent for this one-on-one match-up! As Storm waits inside the ring, her music fades and the entrance theme for her opponent, Zoey Stark sounds next as Stark makes her way to the stage!

At this point, Alicia Taylor officially introduces both competitors as the match is ready to get started. The referee moves to the center of the ring and signals for the bell. The bell rings and our first match-up of the evening is officially underway! To start off the action in tonight’s first match-up to kick off the May 18th edition of the black and gold brand’s show, both competitors stare one another down, sizing each other up before either female superstar heads in for an attempted takedown.

Finally Stark and Storm meet up in the center of the ring where Storm immediately Slaps Stark across the face, stunning Stark momentarily. As Stark catches up to what Storm just did, Stark immediately powers Storm into the corner of the ring, leaving Storm stuck between a rock and a hard place now. This allows Stark to follow up as she begins to deliver blow after blow to Storm as Stark continues to unload on her opponent. Storm continues to attempt to evade the Strikes delivered by Stark. Storm then looks to break free from the corner of the ring and the grips of Stark, to no avail as Stark quickly powers Storm right back into the corner where she continues to unload heavy Strikes on Storm.

Next, Stark lands a Dropkick that connects with Storm, sending Storm through the ropes and out to the floor at ringside. Storm stays on the outside of the ring for the time being as she looks to catch her breath and reassess the situation before re-entering the ring with her opponent, Stark. Unwilling to wait for Storm to decide on a game plan, Stark decides to launch herself over the top rope, landing on Storm for yet another takedown, this time at ringside. A proud Stark stands tall on the outside of the ring as she shouts out with a smirk. Stark then turns back to Storm, focusing once again on the match as she assists Storm back into the ring. Stark then follows up with a Springboard for a Big Dropkick on Storm again!

Once again, Storm attempts to escape to the floor at ringside, but Stark has other plans as she looks for a Kick from the apron that misses Storm as Storm is able to block the attempt. Without connecting to Storm, Stark is forced to follow through which causes her to land hard on the edge of the apron outside of the ropes. Storm takes advantage of the momentary distraction as Stark attempts to get back to her feet, only to be launched into the steel stairs at ringside by Storm. Storm follows up by charging full force at Stark, slamming Stark into the steel stairs once again!

At this point, the referee heads over to the steel stairs at ringside to quickly check the status of Stark in the match-up, just as Storm makes her way back into the ring where she stands tall in celebration for turning the match around! The referee is forced to start the count-out on Stark who struggles to gain her composure and get back to a standing position so she can re-enter the ring with her opponent. The referee gets to 4, 5, 6… Stark still trying to muster up the strength to roll back into the ring. Finally, the referee makes it to the count of eight, just as Stark successfully returns to the ring to continue the match, a little worse for wear I might add.

Back inside the ring, Storm continues to maintain control of the match-up at this point as she works Stark over with several Strikes to continue the match-up here in the WWE Capitol Wrestling Center arena! Again Storm unloads with kicks in the corner now to show an ease in dominating her opponent at this point. Stark makes her way back to her feet and attempts to fight Storm off, to no avail as Storm is now all in and she quickly lands a Snap Suplex to take her down! Storm follows up right after with a cover to Stark. The referee counts to the two JUST as Stark is able to get her shoulder up and continue the match!

Back on the offense, Storm grounds Stark with a hold of her own! Next Storm whips Stark into the ropes, and as Stark heads back towards Storm, we see Storm land a Massive Boot takedown for the cover once again. Luckily, Stark is again able to get her shoulder up at the two count to continue the match inside the ring. Both competitors make their way back to a fighting stance inside the ring as Storm sends Stark into the corner of the ring, giving Storm the control in this match-up at this point. Storm hits a Backbreaker next, following up by holding Stark over her Knee for an Abdominal Stretch. Storm then covers for the two-count yet again!

As Storm maintains control in the match, she next looks for an Uppercut to take down Stark. Stark is able to evade and quickly counters as she Back-Slides Storm for a cover of her own! Stark kicks out of the cover at the two to continue the match. At this point, Stark keeps her offensive position as she connects with a Jumping Enzurguri to Storm. Storm immediately lands on the canvas just as we head to the first picture-in-picture commercial break of tonight’s Tuesday, May 18th edition of the black and gold brand.

As we return from the first commercial break of the evening, we return to the ring where Stark makes her way towards Storm who is standing in the corner of the ring against the turnbuckles as Stark delivers a hard blow followed by a Clothesline to take down Storm! To keep the momentum going, Stark immediately follows up with a sliding knee for the cover! Storm is able to get the shoulder up just in time as the commentary team notes this is one of many close 2 counts from tonight’s match up in the middle of the ring.

At this point we get some more back and forth action from Storm and Stark who continue to hand off the reigns back and forth as the match is neck-in-neck. Finally, Storm drops Stark on her neck with a German suplex that takes Stark to the canvas. To finish the match off, Storm quickly follows up with her finisher, Storm Zero but Stark kicks out just in time.

Storm is stunned! to say the least, she can’t believe the kick out. Storm attempts to re-group as she comes right back with a new finisher, a spinning driver of sorts, as she drops Stark on her neck. Storm holds it for the three count pin to win.

Winner: Toni Storm

After the Match

Immediately following the match we see Toni Storm stands tall in the center of the ring as her music hits the speakers in the WWE Capitol Wrestling Center speakers in Orlando, Florida! At this point we are sent into the highlights and replays of the match-up, including her new finisher.

Franky Monet Interrupts Victory Celebration

As Storm is standing in victory in the center of the ring, suddenly the lights go out in the arena. As the lights come back up and Franky Monet is making her entrance to the stage, Pomeranian in hand. Storm seethes in the ring as Stark recovers at ringside. Monet shows off and poses on the stage as she prepares to make her in-ring debut next week.

Backstage Interview – Raul Mendoza & Joaquin Wilde

Next we head backstage where McKenzie Mitchell is conducting a backstage interview with Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde. She asks where Santos Escobar is but they tell her don’t worry, they want to talk about when they will get a title shot from NXT Tag Team Champions MSK. Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher interrupt and the two teams have words over who deserves a title shot. This sets up a match for later tonight as Ciampa and Thatcher walk off.

Parking Lot – (Earlier Today)

Next we are sent into a video clip that takes us back to earlier today as we see Cameron Grimes arriving in the parking lot of the WWE Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida. Grimes tossed his keys to Jake Atlas and told him to park the car, but Atlas gave the keys back and said WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase is the only one with a parking spot upfront. This caused some of the other recruits standing around to laugh. Grimes says Atlas probably thought that was funny but what will really be funny is when he kicks Atlas’ ass in the ring later tonight. Grimes tosses a few dollars and walks off.

Quick Announcement

Still to come, a Prime Target preview for next week’s NXT Title match. Back to commercial.

The Spa – Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae

As we return back from the commercial break, we are at the spa where NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae are treating themselves to massages and facials. Dexter Lumis is the one massaging Indi’s head but they can’t see this. They start talking about how Lumis is a creepy loser who just stares at Indi every time he sees her. Indi thanks Candice for helping her see the truth about Lumis. Lumis stops massaging Indi and walks off.

Prime Target Preview

Next we get a Prime Target preview video package for next week’s title match between Finn Balor and NXT Champion Karrion Kross. The video features Kross and Balor watching their “Takeover: Stand and Deliver” match, plus new comments from each competitor. The video also features comments from former UFC commentator Jimmy Smith (billed as a NXT analyst), Pat McAfee and Paul Heyman.

Jake Atlas vs. Cameron Grimes

At this point we return to the ring inside the WWE Capitol Wrestling Center as Jake Atlas is wrapping up his entrance. Out next comes Cameron Grimes. Grimes calls for his music to be cut. He says everyone finds it funny how WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase keeps embarrassing him, but wait until we see the real Million Dollar Man. Grimes plays a video package that shows several not-so-great moments from Ted’s career, including losses he took.

Cameron Grimes laughs as he enters the ring but fans are chanting “DiBiase!” now. Grimes is upset. He goes for Atlas but Atlas dropkicks him out of the ring. The referee holds Atlas back as Grimes clutches his jaw on the floor. We go to a commercial.

As we return from the break, we see that the match is officially underway. To start the action inside the ring, Cameron Grimes with uppercuts in the corner. Atlas fights back but Grimes keeps rocking him with strikes. Atlas kicks Grimes and grabs from behind but Grimes elbows him away. More back and forth now. Grimes with a running kick into the corner. Atlas with a flying hurricanrana from the corner for a close 2 count. Grimes kicks Atlas away from the mat. Grimes dumps Atlas to the apron but Atlas fights back in. Atlas charges but a knee to the gut takes him down.

Grimes comes right back with a big clothesline for a 2 count. Grimes keeps Atlas down and kicks him in the corner. Grimes whips Atlas across the ring and into the turnbuckles. Grimes talks some trash and wastes time. Atlas fights him with punches and a chop. Grimes kicks him but Atlas catches the second kick. Atlas with a big slap across the face. Atlas whips Grimes hard into the turnbuckles and he hits chest-first. Atlas counters a move and hits a German suplex as we see a white limousine pull up outside.

This is The Million Dollar Man arriving. Atlas keeps the mounting offense on Grimes. Atlas with a big clothesline for 2. Grimes still has not seen the limo arrive outside. Atlas goes to the top and stops Grimes from pulling him off. Atlas comes off the top but lands on his feet. Grimes follows right up with the big crossbody collision but Atlas hangs in. Grimes waits in the corner for Atlas to get up to deliver the Cave-In, but the familiar Million Dollar Man music hits and out comes Ted Sr. on the stage. Grimes is distracted. Atlas takes advantage and rolls Grimes up for the pin to win.

Winner: Jake Atlas

After the Match

Immediately following the match, Ted does his signature laugh as his music keeps playing. Grimes is furious. Ted walks to the back. Atlas kicks Grimes off the apron.

Backstage – Cameron Grimes

Next we head backstage where we watch as Grimes stumbles to the backstage area. A camera follows and we see Grimes looking for Ted. Grimes goes outside and approaches the limousine, then tries to open the door but it’s locked. Grimes yells at Ted to open the door. Ted rolls the window down and refuses to open the door, saying, “Not bad kid, but you’re still no Million Dollar Man!” Ted tells his driver to take off as he starts laughing again. Grimes throws a fit in the parking lot as we go back to commercial.

Sit-Down Interview w/ Pete Dunne

Next we head to sports journalist Arash Markazi for his sit-down interview with Pete Dunne. Arash asks about Dunne recently calling out the roster and asks if there’s anyone specific he wants to face. He mentions NXT Cruiserweight Champion Kushida and NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano, and says he could also go back to NXT UK to take back the NXT UK Title from WALTER.

He wants to challenge for Karrion Kross’ NXT Title as well. Dunne also talks about respect and how he came up with his physical style. He mentions being influenced by Fit Finlay and says he tries to make it more violent. Dunne is asked about setting goals and where he sees himself in 1 year, then 5 years. He used to set goals but now he’s just taking opportunities. He goes on and says at this point in his career it’s time to win the NXT Title. Markazi thanks Dunne and they wrap the interview.

Alexander Wolfe vs. Killian Dain

At this point we go back to the ring and Imperium is out – Alexander Wolfe with Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner. We see a sidebar video from earlier today with Imperium and NXT General Manager William Regal backstage as medics cleared Wolfe to compete after the “stomach bug” prevented this match from happening last Tuesday. Out next comes Killian Dain with Drake Maverick.

This will be Wolfe’s first match since losing to Joe Coffey on the December 3, 2020 NXT UK episode. The bell rings and they lock up, then break for a brief staredown. They go at it with strikes now. Wolfe drops Dain to one knee and then delivers a big boot. Wolfe mounts Dain with more offense. Vic says Hit Row will be in action tonight.

Dain fights Wolfe off and delivers several big uppercuts. Dain fights Wolfe into the corner and unloads. Dain runs Wolfe face-first from turnbuckle to turnbuckle, then drops him. Aichner gets on the apron and tangles with Drake. Dain has to drop Barthel off the other side of the apron. Wolfe takes advantage and hits a big German suplex on Dain.

Barthel slides a steel chair into the ring but the referee catches him. The referee is calling for someone to come take the chair but Wolfe grabs it anyway. Wolfe approaches Dain with the chair to swing it but Dain ducks, then nails his crossbody for the pin to get the fairly quick win.

Winner: Killian Dain

After the Match

As the match comes to an end, we see Dain and Drake head to the back together as we get replays. Imperium poses together in the middle of the ring and there’s some tension. Wolfe acts like he doesn’t need their help getting up and standing back straight. Barthel and Aichner suddenly attack Wolfe and beat him down. They hit the double team Imperium Bomb and leave him laying in the middle of the ring. Barthel and Aichner pose over Wolfe now as fans boo them.

Quick Announcement

Still to come, Legado del Fantasma vs. Thatcher and Ciampa. Back to commercial.

Backstage Interview – Dakota Kai and NXT Women’s Champion Raquel Gonzalez

At this point, we head backstage where we again meet with McKenzie Mitchell as she begins her backstage interview with Dakota Kai and NXT Women’s Champion Raquel Gonzalez. She asks about last week’s post-show segment in the trainer’s room with Mercedes Martinez having a show of respect with Gonzalez. Kai says they saw the comments, so McKenzie should stop trying to stir things up.

Raquel says she beat Mercedes like she said she would. They go on and Kai says they will be going for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles again. Ever-Rise interrupts and they plug their Saturday social media show, Ever-Rise Live. They joke around with Gonzalez and she slaps Matt Martel in the face, knocking him down. Kai and Gonzalez walk off laughing as Chase Parker helps him up.

Legado del Fantasma vs. Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher

Next we return to the ring and Legado del Fantasma’s Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde are already out. Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher head to the ring next. The referee signals for the bell, the bell rings and our next match up is officially underway! To start off the action, Wilde is the legal man in for his team as he immediately charges Ciampa to start but he misses. They stall some more as Wilde dances around to taunt Ciampa. Ciampa chases him around the ring and back in.

Ciampa pulls Wilde to the floor and launches him into the barrier. Ciampa plays to the crowd for a pop now. He brings Wilde back in and ducks a clothesline, then runs over him with a shoulder for a quick pin attempt. Ciampa grounds Wilde now. Ciampa twists the arm up and tags in Thatcher to take over. Thatcher drives shoulders into Wilde while keeping him in a hold. Mendoza tags in but Thatcher shoves them both away. Mendoza and Thatcher lock up but Thatcher takes him down and works on the arm. Ciampa tags in and decks Mendoza while Thatcher holds him. Ciampa takes Mendoza down with a head scissors now.

Ciampa with a running clothesline in the opposite corner. He tries for another but Mendoza gets a boot up to Ciampa’s jaw. Mendoza works Ciampa over with strikes now. Ciampa keeps fighting, taking Mendoza back to his corner as Thatcher tags back in. Thatcher grounds Mendoza and works him over. Mendoza makes a comeback and dropkicks Thatcher’s knee out. Mendoza with kicks while Thatcher is on his knees. Thatcher catches a kick and applies the ankle lock.

Wilde tags in but Ciampa catches a kick and takes him down for the ankle lock. Ciampa and Thatcher have double ankle locks applied now. They roll into double pins for 2 counts. Mendoza ends up nailing a big enziguri on Thatcher. Ciampa levels Wilde with a clothesline but Mendoza drops Ciampa with an enziguri. Thatcher comes back and takes Mendoza down. We go to commercial with all four competitors on the mat.

Back from the break and fans cheer as Ciampa runs wild from corner to corner on both opponents. He keeps going and ducks a double team, then takes them both down at once with a flying clothesline. Mendoza saves Wilde from the Willow’s Bell DDT. Mendoza drops Ciampa and stomps away. Vic says WWE medics cleared Mendoza to finish the match during the break. We get a replay of a stiff forearm to the nose Ciampa delivered to Mendoza, which required a medic to check him out. Wilde and Mendoza unload on Ciampa with double teaming now. Wilde covers for a close 2 count.

Mendoza slaps Ciampa in the corner after more strikes. Ciampa fights back but Mendoza delivers a big thrust to the gut. Mendoza runs into the corner again but Ciampa moves and Mendoza hits the ring post, then falls to the floor. Thatcher tags in and tosses Mendoza to the mat, then tosses Wilde as he runs in. Thatcher uppercuts Mendoza, and again. Thatcher with a running uppercut in the corner, then a big overhead suplex for a 2 count. Thatcher sends Mendoza to the corner for more uppercuts.

Ciampa tags in and takes over, unloading on Mendoza with strikes in the corner as the referee warns him. Thatcher tags back in and keeps pounding on Mendoza. Another tag to Ciampa as they double team Mendoza now with quick offense. Ciampa with a running knee to the face for 2. Mendoza nails a big kick to the chin from the apron. Mendoza rolls through off the top as the back & forth continues. Mendoza blocks the Fairy Tale Ending and ends up rocking Ciampa with a shot to the face.

Wilde tags back in and they double team Ciampa with several moves. Mendoza with a bottom rope moonsault for a 2 count. Thatcher runs in and beats on Mendoza but Mendoza shoves him to the floor. Thatcher prevents a double team to Ciampa. Wilde leaps to the floor and takes him down. Wilde comes back to the apron but Ciampa drops him with Willow’s Bell DDT for a close 2 count as Mendoza breaks it up out of nowhere.

The Grizzled Young Veterans suddenly appear at ringside, double teaming Ciampa and slamming him into the edge of the apron as fans boo. The referee didn’t see the sneak attack. Wilde and Mendoza follow up with a double team to Ciampa and Mendoza covers for the pin to win in the middle of the ring.

Winners: Legado del Fantasma

After the Match

Immediately following the match we see both Wilde and Mendoza celebrate and make their exits as Ciampa and Thatcher recover.

Backstage Interview – Bobby Fish

Next we head backstage as McKenzie Mitchell prepares to start her interview with Bobby Fish. He says last week’s return had very little to do with Kyle O’Reilly but everything to do with Pete Dunne and Oney Lorcan as they put him on the shelf at WarGames last fall. Fish says he’s back now and that means there’s a debt to be paid and he can’t think of a better place to start than with Dunne.

Fish goes on cutting a promo on Dunne and challenges him to show up next week so Fish can finish their unfinished business. Fish walks off and we go back to the commercial.

Spa Day (cont.) – LeRae and Hartwell

As we return from the break, we see Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae finishing up their spa day. The employee comes in and says LeRae’s credit card has been declined. She called the credit card company and there’s some kind of issue with an unpaid expense. They think it’s Austin Theory charging pizzas to the card but the spa employee says it was some kind of charge to a florist about 3 weeks ago.

She asks Candice if that rings a bell and it doesn’t, but clearly it does. We see Indi thinking about it in the background. Indi puts it all together and wonders if Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart received those flowers from Dexter Lumis or Candice a few weeks back. Indi asks Candice if she realizes what this means? He still loves me! Indi runs away yelling about how Dexter still loves her. Candice looks shocked and confused at Indi’s way of thinking.

Promo – The Way

Next we head backstage as The Way members Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory are backstage cutting a promo on Bronson Reed to hype tonight’s main event.

Aliyah vs. Sarray

We go back to the ring and The Robert Stone Brand is waiting – Aliyah with Jessi Kamea and Robert Stone. Out next comes Sarray. The bell rings and Sarray goes for a show of respect to start but Aliyah kicks her. They go at it and Sarray tosses her with a big arm drag, and another. Sarray with a dropkick for a pop. Kamea tries to grab Sarray from the floor but she misses. Aliyah takes advantage of the distraction and unloads on Sarray with strikes.

Aliyah drops Sarray with a big back elbow for a 2 count. Aliyah slams Sarray by her hair as Stone cheers her on. Aliyah launches Sarray across the ring again, then delivers a knee to the jaw in the corner. Sarray kicks out at 2. Sarray fights back with strikes. Sarray drops Aliyah with a heel kick for a 2 count. Sarray with a bridging German suplex for a pop. She yells out and goes to the top.

Sarray with a missile dropkick now. She yells out again and delivers a running dropkick against the bottom rope. Sarray dumps Aliyah on her head with another big suplex, covering for the pin to win.

Winner: Sarray

After the Match

Immediately following the victory for Sarray, we see her stand tall as the music hits. We go to replays. Sarray celebrates in the ring as The Robert Stone Brand re-groups at ringside.

Video Message – Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart

We get a video message from Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart, who send warnings to NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions The Way, and the team of Dakota Kai and NXT Women’s Champion Raquel Gonzalez.

Backstage

As we head into the next commercial break, we head backstage where we see Hit Row Records walking the halls backstage.

“Top Dolla” AJ Francis and Ashante “Thee” Adonis vs. Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari

We go back to the ring inside the WWE Capitol Wrestling Center and out comes Hit Row – “Top Dolla” AJ Francis and Ashante “Thee” Adonis with Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and Briana “B-Fab” Brandy. Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari are already waiting in the ring.

The bell rings and Adonis immediately nails Nese. They go at it and Adonis drops him on his face, then kips up in the middle of the ring. Dolla tags in and tosses Nese across the ring by one arm. Daivari tags in but Dolla runs over him. Dolla pulls Nese in from the apron, onto his shoulders, then grabs Daivari at the same time and slams them both with a super Wasteland.

Dolla levels Daivari with a big lariat. Dolla drags Daivari to the corner and tags Adonis back in. Adonis slaps Daivari around and gets in his face with trash talking. Daivari fires back and unloads with chops and punches. Adonis nails a dropkick, then mounts Daivari with lefts and rights in the corner as the referee warns him.

Dolla tags back in and pulls Adonis off Daivari, but sends him into Nese with a big superkick across the ring. Dolla levels Daivari again and hits a big slam off his shoulders. Dolla then covers Daivari for the pin to win.

Winners: Hit Row

After the Match

Immediately following the match, we see Hit Row celebrates in the ring as the music hits. We go to replays. Dolla takes the mic and tells B-Fab to put them on notice. They all cut promos now and pose together in the corner. Swerve says he doesn’t care who wins tonight’s main event, but he will have his eye on the NXT North American Champion after it’s over. The music hits again and they celebrate some more.

Backstage – NXT General Manager William Regal

Next we head backstage where we see McKenzie Mitchell with NXT General Manager William Regal. He names Legado del Fantasma as the new #1 contenders and says they will challenge NXT Tag Team Champions MSK in two weeks. Regal says there’s a lot of opportunity in NXT right now and they have the greatest women’s division in the world. He wants to see who will step up there.

He’s also bringing in new talent in the coming weeks, and wants to see who can step up to NXT Cruiserweight Champion Kushida and the others in that division. He will be keeping an eye on the various divisions here in NXT. Regal also announces Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart vs. Dakota Kai and NXT Women’s Champion Raquel Gonzalez for next week. We head to commercial break!

Steel Cage Match for the NXT North American Title
Bronson Reed vs. Johnny Gargano

We go to the Steel Cage for tonight’s main event as Bronson Reed makes his way out. NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano is out next with Austin Theory. We get formal ring introductions from Taylor. Gargano taunts Reed with the title and Reed shoves him to the mat before the introductions are over.

The bell rings and Gargano dives for the door but Reed stops him. The door is closed as Reed goes to work but Gargano tries to climb. Gargano keeps trying to escape but Reed keeps cutting him off. Reed with a big strike to the face. Gargano runs the ropes but Reed knocks him out of the air with ease. Reed keeps control and tosses Gargano into the steel, and again. Reed scoops Gargano on his shoulder and launches him into the steel wall of the cage again.

Vic confirms Pete Dunne vs. Bobby Fish for next week. Reed traps Gargano between the ropes and the cage wall now, smashing him into the steel with his weight. Reed runs to splash Gargano into the steel but Gargano ducks and he hits the steel. Gargano has his springboard Spear blocked. Reed then drops him with a DDT. Reed with a suplex attempt but it’s blocked. Gargano slides out and chops the knee out. Gargano climbs the cage and hits a moonsault. Gargano mounts Reed with right hands as Theory cheers him on.

Gargano starts climbing again but Reed grabs him and puts him on his shoulders for a big slam. Gargano kicks out at 2. Reed climbs up in the corner now. Theory climbs up on the other side of the cage as fans boo him. Gargano takes advantage of the distraction and superkicks Reed back down on the top rope, crotching him and hurting his knee. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and fans chant “NXT!” as Gargano dropkicks Reed into the steel wall as Theory smashes him on the other side at the same time. Reed kicks out at 2. Reed counters a move and nails a big powerslam in the middle of the ring. Reed keeps dropping Gargano with strikes, then hits an inverted Atomic Drop. Reed catapults Gargano into the steel. Reed scoops Gargano on his shoulders and climbs up to the second rope. Reed with a super Samoan Drop but he’s slow to make the pin attempt. Gargano kicks out at 2.

They fight on the top rope now. Gargano slams Reed face-first into the steel a few times, then brings him to the mat with a huge powerbomb. Fans chant “NXT!” as Gargano covers for a 2 count. More back and forth now. Reed ends up swinging the door open with Theory on the other side, sending Theory to the floor. Gargano slides out of a powerbomb attempt and climbs the cage but turns it into a big hurricanrana, dropping Reed hard. The cage door is still open. Gargano goes for One Final Beat but Reed catches him and sends him into the steel. Reed also goes down but he crawls for the cage door. Theory slams it in his face and fans boo as the referee yells at Theory.

Gargano follows up with One Final Beat but Reed still kicks out at 2. Gargano crawls to the top of the cage but comes back to the top rope when Reed grabs him. Gargano uses Reed’s shoulders to step near the top of the cage but Reed pulls him back down and delivers a super powerbomb. Fans go wild as they hit the mat hard. A “this is awesome!” chant breaks out now. Reed climbs up but Theory climbs up from the floor.

Gargano meets Reed on the top rope and they trade shots. Reed headbutts Gargano to the mat. Reed knocks Theory off the other side of the cage to the floor. Reed delivers a huge splash from the top of the cage to Gargano. He goes for the cage door but shuts it instead of exiting. Reed then goes to the top and delivers a Tsunami Splash to Gargano for the pin to win the title.

Winner and New NXT North American Champion: Bronson Reed

After the match

Immediately following his victory, Bronson Reed stands tall as his music hits. We go to replays. Reed stands tall with the NXT North American Title as pyro shoots up around the ring. A “NXT!” chant breaks out as Reed gets emotional and starts crying. He raises the title in the air and continues celebrating as NXT goes off the air.

WWE NXT ON USA NETWORK FOR 05/18/2021 TV REACTION & DISCUSSION

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