Welcome to eWrestling.com's LIVE results coverage for the black-and-gold brand's WWE NXT On USA Network TONIGHT, February 17th, 2021 at 8:00p.m. (Eastern Time)/7:00p.m. (Central Time). The show airs LIVE from the WWE Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida on the USA Network!
Advertised for this week's edition of WWE NXT, the show is set to kick off tonight with all eyes on Kyle O'Reilly as he searches for answers after Adam Cole's shocking betrayal at NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day this past weekend. Additionally, we will find out what's next for both WWE Men's Dusty Rhodes Tag-Team Challenge winners MSK and WWE Women's Dusty Rhodes Tag-Team Challenge winners Dakota Kai and Raquel González. Finally, we will see if Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon can bounce back against Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell. Catch all that and more on WWE NXT, tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network!
Featured below are complete results and live coverage of the Wednesday, February 17, 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 (02/17/21): Capitol Wrestling Center
As the USA Network airs the WWE image to kick off tonight's edition of WWE NXT, we head into the "WWE Then... Now... FOREVER" set up before we are sent into a video package highlighting this past weekend's WWE NXT TakeOver: "Vengeance" 2021 including the 2021 Dusty Classic Champions (both Men's and first ever Women's winners) and the other amazing surprises and action from the pay-per-view event as our commentary team of Vic Joseph, Wade Barrett, and Beth Phoenix are heard on audio announcing the results and highlights from the show!
In-Ring - Kyle O'Reilly Explains
We head into the Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida as we are welcomed and the crowd chants "NXT! NXT! NXT!" as Phoenix, Joseph, and Barrett stand ringside, they are interrupted as the entrance theme for Undisputed Era's Kyle O'Reilly sounds as he makes his way to the ring. O'Reilly enters the ring and is handed a microphone as the NXT crowd awaits an explanation following the events that took place at WWE NXT TakeOver: Vengeance 2021 immediately following Finn Balor's main event match-up against Pete Dunne.
Kyle O'Reilly's entrance theme sounds as he makes his way out to the stage, interrupting the commentary team who are standing ringside discussing tonight's show. O'Reilly then enters the ring where he takes the microphone as his music cuts and he starts pacing the ring, but then stops as he looks up to start speaking.
Inside the ring, O'Reilly begins by being quite blunt, "You all saw what happened Sunday, at TakeOver..." He continues on as he states that he still tries to make sense of it, as it plays over and over in his head. He states he's shocked, confused, and disappointed. O'Reilly said they were supposed to be different than every other group in this business, and Adam Cole ruined that when he stabbed O'Reilly in the back by kicking him in the face. O'Reilly says Cole is still his brother, so he's giving him the benefit of the doubt of explaining himself.
He continues on and states he's willing to hear Cole out, but fairly enough, he's probably going to punch him in the face when he's done. O'Reilly reiterates that Cole needs to come out and explain himself, as he looks up the ramp awaiting Cole.
Roderick Strong Enters
A moment later, The Undisputed Era's entrance theme sounds as O'Reilly nods, glad his "brother" is coming out to explain his actions. Suddenly Roderick Strong, not Adam Cole, makes his way to the stage with a microphone in hand, on a "peacekeeping mission" of sorts. O'Reilly cuts Strong off as he says he doesn't need an explanation from Strong, he needs to hear from Cole. O'Reilly notes that Strong doesn't have to be the peacekeeper or make excuses for Cole, then says he needs to hear it from his brother. Strong still trying to calm O'Reilly continues his attempt to level with him.
"We've been through so much dude..." Strong states off mic, walking slowly to the ring, then finally getting up on the apron. O'Reilly responds as he warns Strong, telling Strong NOT to enter the ring. Strong stops, releasing the rope he was about to crawl in under. Strong stands up straight once again as he asks if O'Reilly doesn't trust him, O'Reilly responds stating he doesn't know who to trust, he barely trusts himself. O'Reilly then looks up the ramp and once again calls out Adam Cole, annunciating each syllable of Cole's name.
Finn Balor Enters
Suddenly, The Prince, Finn Balor's entrance theme sounds in the arena and Balor makes his way to the stage with a mic in hand as O'Reilly shakes his head, upset that it still isn't Adam Cole coming out to explain. "I'm not looking for you, Finn!" O'Reilly shouts into the mic with frustration as he starts pacing the ring. Balor immediately responds, "You're not looking for me? Well I'm looking for you. You wanna talk to Adam? Well get in line. As far as me and you, we have some business to address. Sunday, you offered me your hand, and I knew I shouldn't, but I accepted it."
Balor then continues on to state that doing so got him kicked in the face. At this point Strong defends O'Reilly as he shouts, "He had nothing to do with it!" and Balor walks up to Strong at ringside as he gets in his face and asks, "Did YOU have something to do with it?" Strong responds obviously he didn't have anything to do with it. Strong and Balor continue to argue at ringside when suddenly the NXT Tag-Team Champions, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch, run out from between the stage and the crowd at the side of the ramp along with Pete Dunne, laying out Balor and Strong at ringside. Fans begin to boo loudly.
At this point we see Balor taken down on the outside of the ring and proceeds to clutch his ankle. It appears O’Reilly watched the attack from the ring. NXT Officials run out and force Dunne off of Balor at ringside, Dunne begins to make his way backstage, but suddenly has a change of heart and he runs back over to stomp away on the champ. Once again, Dunne is forced back, along with the tag-team champs, Lorcan and Burch, as they make their way up the ramp.
The commentary team sends us back to NXT General Manager William Regal who states that he received a message from NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar earlier tonight.
Video Clip - Santos Escobar
We head into a clip of NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar sitting in his car in what appears to be the Capitol Wrestling Center parking lot, rocking his shades as he begins his statement. Escobar states Karrion Kross threatened him... no one threatens Escobar, so you know what he's going to do? He’s going home. Escobar continues on to inform Regal that he will handle the situation, but it isn’t happening on his time. It will happen on his own time. On that note, he drives off and we return to Regal backstage.
NXT General Manager William Regal Announcement (continued)
We head back to Regal who continues on to state that clearly the Karrion Kross vs. Santos Escobar match will not be happening tonight. However, the match will happen next week, and if at that point Santos Escobar doesn’t show up, Regal will be forced to suspended Escobar indefinitely and he will be stripped of his title, even though the match isn’t for the title.
Regal then switches topics as he continues on to announce that tonight there WILL be a =Six-Man Match which will include Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch vs. Finn Balor, Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong
Ring Entrance For The Way
Following the announcement from NXT General Manager William Regal, we return to the Capitol Wrestling Center arena as the entrance theme for The Way sounds and out comes Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae with NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano. Gargano is carrying missing person flyers for Austin Theory, who hasn’t been seen since the chloroform attack by Dexter Lumis at Takeover on Sunday, commentary notes.
Video Clip - Dexter Lumis At TakeOver Vengeance 2021
At this point, we get a replay of the actions of Dexter Lumis on Austin Theory at Takeover Vengeance 2021 this past weekend. We return to the arena to see Johnny Gargano passing out the flyers for Theory to the commentary team at ringside.
The Way vs. Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart
With The Way's Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell already waiting in the ring for their opponents for tonight's match-up, we turn our attention to the stage as the entrance theme for Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart sounds in the arena. Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon make their way to the stage, then head down the ramp towards the ring in Moon’s tank as they proceed to fire her projectile over the ring. (Johnny Gargano joins the commentary team at the announcer's table.)
At this point the referee signals for the bell to kick off the first official match-up of the evening. The bell rings and this match is officially underway! To start things off, Shotzi is in for her corner and LeRae is in for hers as we get the action going! Blackheart heads in on Indi when suddenly Candice gets involved forcing Moon to take both Hartwell and LeRae out to ringside. Moon and Shotzi continue to keep control as LeRae tags in and is taken down with Shotzi going for an early pin.
LeRae kicks out at the two. Shotzi makes the tag to Ember at this point, but before Shotzi steps out to the apron, they double team LeRae and we we are sent to picture-in-picture as we head back to commercial break.
As we return from the commercial break, the team of Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart is still in control. Moon as the legal opponent in, unloads on Indi, taking her to the canvas and getting the cover. Indi is able to kick out at the two. Moon drops Hartwell and then tags in Shotzi who immediately comes in and covers for a 2 count. Moon quickly tags back in for a double team in the corner. LeRae runs over and assists from the floor, allowing Hartwell to level Moon with a big boot for a 2 count. LeRae tags in and covers Moon for a 2 count. LeRae grounds Moon now.
At this point, we see on the screen that in the parking lot, a white van has arrived. Gargano appears worried, and LeRae also sees the arrival on the screen. LeRae returns her focus to the ring and keeps control of Moon and Clotheslines her for yet another cover. Moon is able to kick out at two! LeRae continues to work Moon over and stomps while she’s down. We then see Hartwell tag back in as she comes in and immediately drops Moon with a Back Elbow and gets covered. Moon kicks out at two. They continue to go back and forth now.
Hartwell overpowers and hits a sidewalk slam for a 2 count. LeRae tags in and drops an elbow on Moon in the corner. LeRae works Moon over as she tries crawling for a tag. LeRae with a submission before putting Moon back down for a 2 count. Hartwell tags back in for more double teaming. Moon fights out of their corner, rocking Hartwell with forearms. Hartwell takes Moon to the apron and rocks her. Hartwell drops Moon to the floor and tags in LeRae, who nails a springboard elbow from the apron to Moon on the floor. The camera shows us the white van in the back parking lot again.
Curious and ready to get answers, we see Johnny Gargano get up from the announcer's table and he then walks off to investigate who is in the van. Once again we head to commercial break!
As we return from the break we return to the ring and Shotzi Blackheart is able to finally tag in and proceeds to deliver multiple strikes on Indi in the corner of the ring. Next, Shotzi drops Indi directly on her face in the center of the ring and covers for the 2 count. Shotzi grounds Indi and bridges her but LeRae breaks it up with a senton. Moon runs in with a big suplex to LeRae. Indi with a Spine-buster to Moon. Shotzi then rocks Indi with a Forearm however Indi then counters as she levels Shotzi with a big forearm.
In The Parking Lot
We then head to a shot from the parking lot as we see Gargano beating on the doors and windows of the white van, asking if Theory is in there. No one answers and we go back to the ring.
Back In The Ring
We return to the ring as Hartwell makes the tag to LeRae. LeRae comes in hot, as does Shotzi. After that, Indi successfully slams Shotzi to the canvas and then LeRae quickly follows up with a Superkick to the face for a cover. Shotzi kicks out for a close 2 count. The announcers confirm that the Dusty Classic winners will participate in trophy presentation ceremonies tonight. Shotzi ends up with LeRae on her shoulders, using her to drop Indi as she comes in.
Moon assists and drops LeRae on her head for a 2 count. Indi and LeRae are both down. Shotzi goes to the top, as does Moon. Indi knocks Shotzi off and LeRae knocks Moon off. Indi and LeRae go to double team Moon but Gargano appears on the stage with Theory, who has his wrists and ankles zip-tied, and a cover over his head, and he’s in his boxers. LeRae is excited, as is Indi. LeRae goes to the stage to celebrate with Theory and Gargano, allowing Moon to roll Hartwell up for the pin to win.
Winners: Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon
After the Match
Shotzi and Moon celebrate as their music hits. The Way re-groups as they get to the top of the stage, showing excitement to have Theory back safely.
Video Clip - Pat McAfee
We head into a video of Pat McAfee on his private jet. McAfee begins by addressing all the "internet wrestling fans" as he says we’re finally seeing what he has tried to tell us all along... that Adam Cole is a scumbag. McAfee continues on as he begins to insult fans some more and says he’s accepting apologies online. He also goes on knocking Cole and the fans, and possibly teasing a future return. To finish up, McAfee once again addresses the "internet wrestling fans" as he encourages them to write him and tell him what they think and to be sure to use the “#PatWasRight” hashtag.
Leon Ruff vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott
We go back to the ring and Leon Ruff waits in the ring as Isiah “Swerve” Scott comes out to boos. They lock up and Swerve takes it to the corner. He backs off and they go at it. Ruff with deep arm drags. Ruff misses a splash in the corner but lands on his feet. Ruff goes down after missing an arm drag. More back and forth now. Ruff uses his speed to cause Swerve to miss him several times. Ruff with another arm drag to take Scott down and ground him. Swerve comes back and levels Ruff with a big knee to the gut.
Swerve follows up with a backbreaker over the knee. Swerve shows off some and nails a running dropkick in the corner. Swerve goes on and sends Ruff down face-first on the floor with a pump kick to the jaw. Swerve brings it back in for a 2 count. Swerve grounds Ruff with a body scissors now. Ruff makes a comeback now. Ruff goes on and hits a big clothesline and a twisting Cutter from the corner but Swerve still kicks out at 2.
Ruff continues to take the fight to Swerve, but commentary notes as Swerve suddenly gets more aggressive. Ruff takes things up a notch to match Swerve's intensity and once again gets the upper-hand. We then see Ruff drop Swerve to the canvas and then follow up immediately with multiple Stomps on the back of Swerve's neck. Swerve quickly returns to his feet, not to be one-upped, by the likes of Ruff, and counters Ruff with a Stiff Clothesline sending Ruff to the canvas. The two go back and forth once again and Ruff drops Swerve into a Crucifix Cover for the three count pin and win!
Winner: Leon Ruff
After the match
Immediately following the match, Swerve sits up and puts his hand over his mouth with his eyes bulging out of his head, as he's stunned at the rabbit Ruff just pulled out of his hat! Commentary notes that this is how Leon Ruff got his title victory. In the ring, both Leon Ruff and Swerve are surprised at the pin victory as the music hits the speakers in the Capitol Wrestling Center. They both get to their feet and shake hands, but suddenly Swerve has a change of heart and drops Ruff in the center of the ring!
Fans boo as Swerve stomps away while Ruff is down. Swerve scoops Ruff on his shoulders and launches him into the turnbuckles as the boos get louder. Swerve gets down in Ruff’s face and says he’s tired of Ruff getting everything handed to him. He says this is Swerve’s time and Swerve’s house. Swerve makes his exit while still talking trash, stating, "You get everything handed to you!" then concludes as he questions, "Where's where is MY NXT North American Title shot??" On that note, we head back to commercial break!
Kacy Catanzaro vs. Aliyah and Jessi Kamea
As we return from the commercial break, we immediately head back to the ring for the next match-up of the evening as the entrance theme sounds for the team of Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter. The two make their way out to the stage and then proceed to head down the ramp towards the ring. We see that Aliyah and Jessi Kamea, representing The Robert Stone Brand, have already made their entrance as they are already in the ring awaiting their opponents for tonight's match up.
We are then sent into a video clip that highlights Last Week's events where Xia Li attacked both of her former friends, Kacy and Kayden. After that we are immediately followed up with a pre-recorded video where Kacy and Kayden explain how they are concerned for Xia Li, and how they are sure of the face that the women they know is down in there somewhere. They finish their comments by stating that tonight they are focused on stopping Aliyah and Jessi.
The video ends and we return to the ring where the referee is standing in the center of the ring with Kacy on one side of the ring and Kamea on the other to start off this match-up. The referee signals for the bell. The bell rings and this match is officially underway! As the match starts, both women meet in the center of the ring and proceed to go at it! Carter then enters the ring for the double team. Together, Kacy and Kayden are able to drop Kamea inside the ring for a pop. Carter follows up with a cover for the two count as Kamea successfully gets her shoulder up.
At this point Catanzaro tags back in and quickly heads in to take Kamea down with a Scissors for yet another cover. to no avail as Kamea once again kicks out. The camera then turns to Boa who is now standing underneath a glowing red light by the main stage. The awkward display leads to a distraction, which allows Kamea and Aliyah to turn the match around and get the come-up as they quickly double team Carter. Carter attempts to evade and block, then finally rocks Kamea. Carter follows up by turning to her corner and quickly making a tag to her partner.
Kacy quickly enters the ring, but Kamea also successfully gets the tag to Aliyah as she comes in as well and immediately unloads on each other now. Kacy then lands a Big Clothesline followed by a Double Leg Drop from the corner. Next, Kacy then follows up with a cover on Aliyah who is able to kick out at the two. Finally, Kacy makes the tag to Carter who immediately enters into the ring and they end the match as they hit a double team Assisted Neckbreaker on Aliyah allowing Carter to cover for the pin to win.
Winners: Kayden Carter and Kacy Catanzaro
After the Match
Immediately following the match, Kacy and Kayden celebrate their victory as their music hits the speakers in the Capitol Wrestling Center. We are sent to replays and highlights from the match.
The camera focuses on the main stage as we return to a shot from the arena as we see Boa on the stage and Xia is there with her now. Boa proceeds to remove her headdress and then walk towards the ringside area. Kacy meets them near the stage and is going to try to talk to Li as a friend. She starts talking but Li grabs her arm and writes something like she did before in Chinese, two marks in black, on her wrist. Li stares Kacy down and says next week she will hurt Kacy. Li walks off as Carter joins Kacy, watching Boa and Li head to the back.
Backstage Interview - Kushida
We head backstage as we see McKenzie Mitchell approach Kushida in the trainer’s room.. Mitchell begins by asking Kushida about Johnny Gargano and the NXT North American Title and the events that followed their match at TakeOver Vengeance 2021 this past weekend. Kushida responds to Mitchell that he is not done with Gargano and the title. At this point, Bronson Reed walks in and puts over Kushida's performance at Takeover.
Reed then notes to Mitchell that he too, is not done with Gargano and the title. Reed continues on to state that when it comes down to it, between he and Kushida for the title, they will cross that bridge when they get to it. Reed turns to Kushida and shows him a sign of respect before turning and taking his leave from the training room.
Backstage - Malcolm Bivens
Malcolm Bivens walks up at this point and gives Kushida a compliment on his Takeover performance, stating Kushida is impressive. Bivens continues, "do you know who is MORE impressive? Tyler Rust." Bivens continues on as he says Tyler Rust is a superstar that comes along once in a generation. He says it would be even more impressive if Kushida wrestled tonight, against Tyler Rust, stating Rust would take "good care of Kushida" in the ring. Bivens is excited as he leaves to talk to NXT General Manager William Regal. Bivens finishes by stating, "Tyler isn't a rookie, he's a diamond... in the Rust." (HA! I get it...)
With that, we head to commercial break.
Inside The Ring - WWE Hall Of Famer Beth Phoenix
As we return from the commercial break, we see WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix standing in the center of the ring. Phoenix is standing with the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic trophy. Phoenix recalls some words of wisdom from the late WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes, then sends us to a video package on the two recent Dusty Classic tournaments.
The video clip ends and we are back inside the ring as Phoenix calls on fans to join her in welcoming the winners of the 2021 Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic – MSK. The entrance music hits and out comes Wes Lee and Nash Carter. They both take the mics on the ramp and ask Beth to excuse their excitement. They start getting hyped up and enter the ring to check out the trophy. Both Lee and Carter follow up by hugging Phoenix.
MSK’s name is inscribed on the trophy with the other winners. The Women’s Dusty Rhodes Classic winners names are also on the same plaque, meaning there will not be separate trophies. MSK begin as they discuss their upcoming opportunity, naming NXT Tag Team Champions Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch directly.
At this point, Phoenix asks MSK to join her in welcoming the winners of the first-ever Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. The entrance music for the FIRST EVER female winners hits the speakers in the Capitol Wrestling Center as Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez make their way to the stage. Kai and Gonzalez then make their way down the ramp and enter the ring as MSK opens the ropes for them to enter. Fans chant “you deserve it!” over and over which visibly touches both Kai and Gonzalez. Phoenix turns to them as she asks how they’re feeling. Kai begins by stating they feel awesome, crushing the competition will always take their breath away.
Kai continues on as she adds that moments like these are why they do it. Kai says they were by far the best tag team in the tournament. Not surprisingly, the entrance theme begins playing by the women's tag-team that clearly does NOT agree, as out to the stage walks the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions – Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler.
Baszler starts in on the mic. MSK also opens the ropes for Jax and Baszler. Baszler says Kai and Gonzalez were on the right side of history at Takeover, but when they face off, they will be on the wrong side of history. Kai introduces Gonzalez to Jax and Baszler since she wasn’t here when they were in NXT. Kai says Jax is big, and Baszler ran away when Rhea Ripley beat her ass. Gonzalez asks if that’s the same Ripley she beat in a Last Woman Standing match. Baszler says this is the same ‘ol Dakota Kai, who’s scared like when Baszler broke her arm. Kai says she’s not the same person but if Baszler wants to find out, she will happily kick her head off.
Fans cheer them on as MSK and Beth watch from the corner, eating popcorn. Gonzalez says a lot has changed since Baszler left as she doesn’t run the place, they do. Gonzalez mentions the title match will happen in two weeks and says they will make sure Baszler realizes who runs NXT at that time. Jax calms everyone down and says she came here to honor Dusty as she had the privilege of working with him. She recalls Dusty saying, “Baby you are one big beautiful badass b---h!” She says Dusty was right, and she and Shayna are the most dominant force in WWE.
Gonzalez responds to her as she says, "Dusty...God rest his soul, never met me." Shayna continues on to tell Kai that either way, two weeks from now on March 3, they’re coming back to Dakota and Raquel’s home turf to humiliate them. The champs exit the ramp as their music hits. Gonzalez having the last work finishes by saying she’s going to shove her boot so far up “Nia’s hole” that she will never get it out. Fans pop as Jax and Baszler look back from the stage.
Capitol Wrestling Center Back Parking Lot
We head to the back parking lot where we see both Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly of Undisputed Era (if that's still a thing) as they are arguing, but we can’t hear what is being said. They go their separate ways as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and we get a “Money” hip-hop video for Cameron Grimes’ new gimmick. We see him enjoying all of his money. The segment ends with a look at Grimes and his Lamborghini, which he has apparently wrecked. He doesn’t care because he will just buy a new one.
NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai Photo Shoot Stills
Next we head into a montage of stills from a photo shoot that NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai did earlier in the day. We see as Shirai was attacked out of nowhere by Toni Storm. Officials quickly pull them apart, but not before Storm got the best of the champ.
Tyler Rust vs. Kushida
As we return to the ring inside the Capitol Wrestling Center, we see Kushida as he is wrapping up his entrance to the ring and his entrance theme cuts. We see that Tyler Rust is already inside the ring, waiting with Malcolm Bivens. The referee stands in the center of the ring, the referee signals for the bell to start the match. The bell rings and the match is officially underway as they immediately meet in the center of the ring and go at it, trading holds. Bivens looks on from ringside, occassionally shouting comans to Rust.
We get lots of back and forth action to start the first few minutes of our match. Kushida is moving gingerly due to his Takeover match. Rust takes Kushida down with an arm bar. Kushida gets back to his feet and they trade holds again. Kushida goes to the apron and kicks the middle rope into Rust’s arm. Kushida backs off and they lock up again. Kushida hits the springboard back elbow. Kushida with an arm drag but Rust takes him down and turns it around for a second. More back and forth and counters now. Rust kicks out at 2.
Rust gets up with a big right hand. Rust works Kushida against the ropes, then nails an uppercut. Kushida gets sent to the apron but he drops Rust with an enziguri. Kushida catches a strike and slams the rope over the top rope. Kushida goes to the top but ends up landing bad on his neck due to Rust capitalizing by pulling his leg out. Rust takes Kushida back down and grounds him. Rust with a body scissors, forcing Kushida to get the bottom rope to break the hold. Kushida goes back to the floor to regroup as Rust watches from the ring. Back to commercial.
As we return from the commercial break we hear the fans as they chant “NXT!” in response to Rust successfully grounding Kushida. Finally we see Kushida is able to break free and responds to Rust with a Hip Toss followed by a strong Kick to Rust. Kushida levels Rust with a right hand. Rust avoids a kick but Kushida goes on and takes him back down by the arm for a pop. Kushida unloads with kicks as the referee warns him. Rust counters a move with a back-drop. Rust goes for a Sleeper, then into a front-face lock and a slam. Rust follows up with a big axe kick for a 2 count.
Rust rolls right into a crucifix pin for 2. Rust with a stiff kick to the upperbody and then a big roundhouse kick to the head for a 2 count as Bivens looks on frustrated. Rust powers up for a German suplex but Kushida fights free. Kushida goes for a Full Nelson but it’s blocked. They tangle and end up on the mat again with Rust applying a Sleeper and body scissors. Rust stops Kushida from breaking free. Rust with a modified Bow & Arrow now. Kushida rolls into a pin attempt to break it. Kushida with a dropkick while he’s down. Kushida with a big kick to the arm.
More back and forth now. Kushida grabs the arm and looks over at Bivens, smiling at him. Kushida then applies the Hoverboard Lock for a pop. Bivens jumps on the apron and tells the referee to call the match as Rust apparently taps for the win.
After the match
Kushida stands tall as his music hits. Rust rolls over to Bivens on the apron. Bivens says he was just protecting his investment and Rust will live to fight another day. Rust says he could’ve won that one.
We get a video package for Zoey Stark. The former Lacey Ryan, who previously worked the Dusty Classic, will make her official singles debut next. Back to commercial.
Video Clip - LA Knight Debut At TakeOver: Vengeance Pre-Show
We see how LA Knight debuted at the Takeover pre-show this past Sunday. Knight is the former Eli Drake. We see a video from earlier today with a camera man knocking on Knight’s door. Knight cut a promo and aid he’s the true hottest free agent and he’s about to claim his perch, and no one can stop him. Knight says NXT belongs to him and no one will stop him, not because they’re not good enough, but because he won’t let them. That’s not an insult, just a fact of life.
Zoey Stark vs. Valentina Feroz
We go back to the ring and out comes Zoey Stark, the former Lacey Ryan. Stark was recently signed from the indies and made her debut in the Women’s Dusty Classic. Valentina Feroz is already waiting in the ring.
The bell rings and they lock up, trading holds. Stark unloads early on, overpowering Feroz. Feroz fights out of a hold on her arm. Feroz goes for a roll-up but can’t get it. Stark stomps but misses. Feroz mounts some offense and nails a judo throw for a 2 count. Stark with big knees to the gut to turn it around. Stark beats Feroz down. She goes for a power suplex but Feroz counters. Stark cuts her off and drops her face-first into the top turnbuckle.
Stark follows up with a big kick to the jaw. Stark with a huge half & half Full Nelson suplex, tossing Feroz across the ring. Stark charges with a running knee to the face. Stark smiles and stands over Feroz. Stark grabs Feroz and flips her into the air, nailing her with a big knee to the face on the way down. Stark covers for the pin to win.
Winner: Zoey Stark
After the Match
Immediately following the match, Stark stands tall as her music hits and we are sent into replays. As we return to the ring, Stark posing in the corner and standing tall.
Video Promo - Karrion Kross & Scarlett Bourdeaux
Nexy we head into a pre-recorded promo that begins as Karrion Kross is standing in front of the camera as he holds a stopwatch. Scarlett then walks into frame as she states that NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar likes to play games, but playing with time is not his forte. He does not have that power, she notes. There is no pause button on this nightmare. At this point, Kross stops his stopwatch and says Mr. Santos’ destiny has already been decided, there is no going back.
Kross states Escobar now has got a big decision to make with two viable options. "Option A" – Escobar can show up next week and step into the ring like he’s supposed to and Kross will drive his arm through the back of his head on live TV, or "Option B" – Escobar can NOT show up and then he’s stripped of his title and then Kross catches up with him anyways to still leave him where he finds him. Kross says there is no easy way out of this, just the hard way. Tik, Tok.
Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch vs. Finn Balor, Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong
We go back to the ring for tonight’s six-man main event as Pete Dunne and NXT Tag Team Champions Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch are out to boos. NXT Champion Finn Balor is out next to a pop. The Undisputed Era music starts up next as Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong head to the ring. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Lorcan and O’Reilly go at it. Vic says Lorcan was fined for putting hands on a referee at Takeover. O’Reilly gets the upperhand after they go at it out of the corner. O’Reilly doesn’t want to tag but he tags in Balor to take over on Lorcan. Balor works on the arm and comes back over, tagging in O’Reilly to come off the top with a shot to Lorcan’s arm. Another quick tag to Balor, who comes right back in and focuses on Lorcan’s arm.
Lorcan pushes Balor back to his corner and in comes Burch. Balor immediately counters and takes Burch down by his arm. Balor takes him to their corner and in comes Strong, who keeps the focus on an arm like his partners have. A distraction allows Dunne to come in and take control of Strong. Strong and Dunne trade holds. Strong takes Dunne down for a 2 count. Dunne ends up sending Strong to the floor. The referee is distracted by Dunne taunting the babyfaces. Lorcan and Burch take apart the steel ring steps but Strong fights them off. Strong then drops Dunne fro the apron. Strong comes in and blocks a suplex, then nails a backbreaker to Dunne. O’Reilly ends up coming in and going at it with Burch.
O’Reilly sends Burch to the floor and then Dragon Screw leg whips Dunne from the apron to the floor, then knocks Lorcan off the apron to the floor with the same move. O’Reilly charges Dunne but Dunne drops him with a shot to the mouth. We go to picture-in-picture commercial with fans booing as O’Reilly is down on the floor.
Back from the break and Dunne has O’Reilly grounded in the middle of the ring. O’Reilly fights up and tosses Dunne, who tags in Burch. Burch with uppercuts to O’Reilly. O’Reilly back-slides him for 2. Burch keeps O’Reilly down again, and in comes Dunne with a big stomp. O’Reilly fights Burch from the corner again now. They collide and both go down. Dunne tags in and knocks Strong off the apron to stop a tag. Dunne with an ankle lock on O’Reilly now. O’Reilly fights free with kicks and tags in Balor.
Balor unloads on Dunne as fans pop now. Balor kicks the knee out and nails a big chop. Lorcan runs in but Balor takes him down, then Burch. Balor takes Dunne back down and applies a single-leg Crab but Dunne rolls him into a 2 count. Balor counters again and drops Dunne on his head for a 2 count as Lorcan breaks it. Strong sends Lorcan and Burch to the floor, then nails a dropkick through the ropes as fans chant “NXT!” now. Balor and Dunne go at it. Dunne with an enziguri. Dunne goes for a Bitter End but it’s blocked. Dunne blocks 1916. Balor counters again and hits a Slingblade in the middle of the ring.
Balor points at Dunne but we see Burch trying to slide the NXT Title to Dunne. This distracts the referee. Balor charges and ends up taking them down. Balor goes to the top for the Coup de Grace but Adam Cole appears on the apron in all black. He sends Balor off the top, which knocks the referee down again. Fans boo Cole. Cole goes back to the floor and takes O’Reilly out with a big kick. Cole then drops O’Reilly on top of the steel ring steps with a Brainbuster.
The boos get louder as Cole retreats up the ramp. Strong runs in and takes Lorcan down with a big jumping knee. Strong stumbles around with the NXT Title in his hand. Balor doesn’t realize who is bumping into him as he drops Strong with an overhead kick. Balor now realizes what he just did but it’s too late as Dunne comes from behind and hits a Bitter End on Balor for the pin to win.
Winners: Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch
– After the match, the heels head to the ramp as their music hits. We go to replays. Lorcan and Burch raise their titles as Dunne stands in the middle. We get another replay of the attack by Cole. The heels leave as Balor gets to his feet in the ring. He turns around to a big superkick by Cole, who has returned to the ring. Fans boo as Cole stands tall over Balor. Cole looks out at the referee, who is calling for medics to tend to O’Reilly. Cole grabs the NXT Title and kneels down, holding it over Balor. Cole then raises the NXT Title in the air as the boos get louder. The post-Takeover edition of NXT goes off the air with Cole raising the title in the air to boos while O’Reilly is face-down on the outside.
The show ends.
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