Welcome to eWrestling.com’s LIVE results coverage for the black-and-gold brand’s kick-off to the 2021 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic which starts TONIGHT, January 13, 2021 at 8:00p.m. as the show airs live from the WWE Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida on the USA Network at 8/7C!
Advertised for this week’s edition of WWE NXT, we have the 2021 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic kicks off tonight with Adam Cole & Roderick Strong of The Undisputed ERA battling Breezango and Grizzled Young Veterans taking on Ever-Rise. Don’t miss all the action of NXT, tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network!
Featured below are complete results of the January 13, 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 (01/13/21): Capitol Wrestling Center
“Then…. Now…. WWE FOREVER!” We see Dexter Lumis pull the handle on the “NXT New Year’s Evil” special edition of NXT last week which was hosted by Lumis, as we see highlights from the show, ending with The Prince retaining his title.
Then, we are reminded that the Dusty Cup starts TONIGHT! RIGHT NOW!
We enter the arena as we are welcomed to NXT at the Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando Florida as the crowd is chanting, “NXT! NXT!” we see the Dusty Cup sitting at the top of the stage as the first match is announced!
Shotzi Blackheart vs. Candice LeRae w/ Indi Hartwell
Out first is Shotzi Blackheart on her new and improved mini tank as Blackheart gives her howl, then jumps into the ring and drops to her knees then falls back as she removes her vest. Blackheart climbs the turnbuckles as she removes her helmet, placing it on the top turnbuckle and then drops down to the canvas once more as her music cuts. Out next is Blackheart’s opponent, representing The Way, Candice LeRae who is accompanied by Indi Hartwell. Commentary notes how LeRae recently disrespected Blackheart by destroying her beloved mini-tank, which makes tonight’s match all that more personal. LeRae makes her way down the ramp and enters the ring where she climbs the same turnbuckle that Blackheart did moments before, looking down at Blackheart’s helmet, and lifts it to throw it off the top turnbuckle in an added reminder of her disrespect.
The referee signals for the bell and our first match up of the evening is officially underway. Blackheart immediately takes it to LeRae as she drops her to the canvas. A Kick follows by Shotzi and a High Crossbody for the first cover of the match, LeRae kicks out. Blackheart and LeRae roll around the ring, finally stopping with a locked-in Armbar submission by Shotzi. LeRae rolls through for a cover of her own, Shotzi rolls out. Shotzi keeps the Armbar locked in until LeRae finally able to grab the bottom rope forcing the break! Shotzi again off the top, LeRae slams into the mat, hitting her neck hard.
Blackheart locks in a unique backwards bridge move on LeRae who can’t seem to get out! Shotzi moves to a wristlock but Candace backs her into the corner to force the break. Candace tosses Shotzi to the apron and heads out herself. They’re on opposite sides of the ring post and Shotzi pulls Candace shoulder-first into the steel and she falls to the floor. Indi Hartwell interjects to stop Blackheart from doing any damage to LeRae on the floor, then once again interjects, as she stops her from getting back into the ring. Candace then comes off the apron with a Crossbody to Shotzi as we head to the first commercial break of the evening!
We return from the commercial break with Blackheart taking LeRae down immediately with an Enzuguri for the cover, and a two-count. Blackheart drops LeRae on the middle rope and hits her with a Senton for a near-fall. LeRae rolls to the apron and Shotzi gives chase. LeRae counters Shotzi initially, but then gets caught with a DDT on the apron. Indi moves to check on Candace but Shotzi wipes them both out with a suicide dive! Blackheart gets Candace back inside for two.
LeRae dodges an incoming Blackheart in the corner and is able to Dropkick Blackheart into the turnbuckles. LeRae looks for a Springboard but Blackheart stuns her on the ropes. LeRae locks-in the Gargano Escape thinking she has the match in the bag as Blackheart struggles to break free, but then Blackheart counters with a Spinning Facebuster! Blackheart then hits a Tornado DDT and moves to the top rope but Indi jumps on the apron and Blackheart punches her down. The distraction allows LeRae to jump up and hit a Swinging Neckbreaker from the middle rope for the three count pin and win!
Winner: Candice LeRae
After the Match
LeRae and Hartwell celebrate her victory as we head to replays from the match.
As we head to commercial break once again, we see The Prince, Finn Balor, walking to the ring where he’ll be addressing the Universe, when we return!
Before we head to the break, the camera cuts outside and a black SUV pulls-up. Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch get out and talk trash to the camera before heading inside as we officially head to commercials!
In-Ring – WWE NXT Champion Finn Balor
As we return from the commercial break, the WWE NXT Champion, Finn Balor makes his way into the ring. Balor quickly and sternly reminds us that he is still the Champion but he wants to talk about Kyle O’Reilly. Balor says he’s great but he’s not on his level. He stood up and just like TakeOver 31, he got put down. The only difference is that now Kyle is the one eating through a straw. Finn points to his shirt, which has a red X on it, and says he wears it because he has the biggest target on his chest.
Balor then adds, “But remember this, ‘they no longer manufacture the fabric they cut me from’.”
Dunne, Lorcan, and Burch Join Balor
On that note, we see Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan, and Danny Burch come down the ramp and Dunne says Finn should know he’s next in line. He sat last week and watched his match and he always knew it would come down to them. They surround the ring and Dunne gets on the apron. He says Finn has always been the poster boy for European wrestling, but the only reason he is still NXT Champion is because he hasn’t come for it yet. Well he’s done waiting.
Balor wastes no time and kicks Dunne off the apron, then takes the fight to Lorcan and Burch. Balor holds them off for a good minute but eventually the numbers overtake him and they stomp on his shoulder, which O’Reilly targeted last week. Kyle O’Reilly comes out to help, then he’s quickly joined by Adam Cole and Roderick Strong.The heels retreat to the stage as The Undisputed Era stands tall in the ring together. Balor looks on from behind them. A “too sweet!” chant breaks out as Balor stares The Undisputed Era down. He rolls to the floor without interacting with them. Balor’s music starts up as he looks on.
Backstage Interview – Johnny Gargano
Johnny Gargano starts off by congratulating his wife and says soon enough they will both be holding the Dusty cups. The interviewer says he’s getting ahead of himself because he has to face Leon Ruff and Kushida tonight and he was pinned by Kushida last week. Gargano complains about that match and says he wasn’t planning on competing.
At this point, we see Austin Theory appear as he hands Gargano an envelope from Lumis, which has a picture of the two of them inside. Gargano storms off and Theory follows as we head to commercial break once again.
The announcers hype the mystery debut of MSK tonight in the first round of the Dusty Classic. The announcers wonder who MSK is.
2021 Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Round 1 Match:
The Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Ever-Rise
As we head to the ring to kick off the Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag-Team Classic for the Round One match, out comes The Grizzled Young Veterans as their music sounds. James Drake and Zack Gibson talk about debuting in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic last year, but this year they’re winning it all and 2021 will be theirs. They go on and say soon they will be the NXT Tag Team Champions. Chase Parker and Matt Martel of Ever-Rise are waiting in the ring.
Before the match officially begins, we see the NXT General Manager William Regal as he appears on the big screen and welcomes the two teams to the tournament. He officially announces the start of the tournament, and here we go!! Martel and Gibson lock up to start. They go to the corner and Martel backs off with a cheap shot. Gibson chases him into the corner but the referee warns Gibson. Parker tags in but Gibson takes control. Drake tags in and grounds Parker with a headlock as the two teams talk trash to each other. Drake keeps control and nails a hip toss with a knee to the face.
Parker and Drake lock up again. Parker slams Drake to the mat and talks some trash, then stomps away, sending Drake to the floor to regroup with his partner. Parker yells about how Ever-Rise rules. Gibson calms Drake down at ringside. Gibson tags in and takes Parker down, then rocks Martel on the apron. Drake tags in for big double team moves on both opponents. Drake uses the middle rope on Parker as the referee counts.
Drake with strikes in the corner now. Drake with a running bulldog. Drake rocks Parker to the floor with a big right hand. Gibson tags in and they double team Parker at ringside. Drake talks trash in Parker’s face while he’s down. Gibson brings Parker back in and grounds him as Martel reaches for a tag. Gibson drives Parker into the mat and turns him over into the single-leg Crab. Parker kicks Gibson to break free but Gibson decks him again. Gibson takes Parker to the corner and in comes Drake for more double teaming. Drake covers for a 2 count. Drake takes Parker back to the corner and in comes Gibson to take over.
Gibson with uppercuts and strikes in the corner. Parker knocks Gibson to the floor and fights Drake off. Drake tries to stop the tag but Parker drags him into the corner by his arms. Martel tags in and unloads on Drake with strikes. Martel decks Gibson off the apron and keeps fighting Drake. Martel with a big belly-to-belly overhead toss on Drake, and another strike to drop Gibson off the apron. Drake rocks Martel but Martel nails a big clothesline. Parker tags in for the double team on Drake but Gibson makes the save.
Drake gets sent into Gibson, sending him off the apron. Ever-Rise hits the double team on Drake but Gibson breaks the pin up. Ever-Rise double teams Gibson now with several moves. Martel tags back in but Gibson stops them from double teaming Drake, pulling Parker to the floor. Martel beats on Gibson on the apron now but Drake runs in with a dropkick. Drake tags Gibson back in. They hit the Ticket To Mayhem double team finisher and Gibson covers Martel for the pin to win and advance.
Winners: The Grizzled Young Veterans
After the Match
The Grizzled Young Vets go to ringside and celebrate the win next to the Dusty Cup. They will face the winners of The Way vs. Kushida and Leon Ruff.
We get a video package with Raquel Gonzalez talking about Rhea Ripley and last week’s Last Woman Standing win. Gonzalez makes it clear that she’s now focused on NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai.
We are reminded that still to come later tonight, Johnny Gargano vs. Dexter Lumis in a non-title match as we head to commercial break.
Backstage Interview – Shotzi Blackheart
As we return from the break we head backstage with McKenzie Mitchell who is with Shotzi Blackheart. Blackheart states that tonight’s loss to Candice LeRae isn’t the outcome she hoped for but she’s not going to whine about it because she has her eyes on history – the first-ever NXT Women’s Dusty Classic.
Blackheart goes on to state that she knows Candice and Indi Hartwell will be in it, so she needs someone she can rely on, someone she went to war with. Ember Moon appears. She says this isn’t just a tournament, it’s their chance to make history. Moon says they’re going “balls to the wall” and Shotzi agrees. They go on getting hyped for the tournament before Shotzi howls to end the segment.
Johnny Gargano vs. Dexter Lumis
Once again we return to the ring as the next match is ready to begin. A one-on-one match with NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano who is waiting in the ring for this non-title match. Out next is Dexter Lumis as his entry music sounds in the arena and the ominous stare from Lumis leads his way to the ring. Austin Theory watches from ringside. The referee signals for the bell, and this match is officially underway!
To start things off in this match up, Gargano grabs Lumis’ drawing of himself and tears it up in Lumis’ face. Lumis then rocks Gargano, you never mess with a man’s art! Gargano fights back but Lumis hits the Thesz Press and right hands. Lumis charges in the corner but misses. Gargano ends up on the mat with Lumis crawling in his face, backing a terrified Gargano to the floor. Gargano capitalizes on the outside and then superkicks Lumis in the face from the apron.
Lumis rocks Gargano from the floor and Gargano hits the mat. Lumis slowly comes back in and goes to the top but Gargano cuts him off with forearms. Gargano climbs up for a superplex but Lumis resists and fights back. Lumis headbutts Gargano, and again. Lumis then punches Gargano to the mat. Lumis stands up on the top and goes for a big Swanton Bomb but Gargano rolls out of the way and Lumis lands hard as we head to commercial break once again.
As we return from the commercial break, commentary notes that Gargano has taken control of the match as he drops repeated Elbows to the back of Lumis. Gargano drills Lumis in the back with a Forearm. Then again with another Forearm. Gargano attempts a third Forearm when Lumis is able to counter and begins to lead with Hard Rights. Lumis Bulldogs Gargano and hits a Standing Leg Drop for a near-fall.
At this point, Lumis signals for the end but Gargano elbows free from the submission and kicks him away. Gargano dives at him but gets caught, then transitions to a crucifix pin for a near-fall. Gargano hits a kick to the head but Lumis pops back up, so Johnny does it again and scores a two. Theory runs interference and distracts Lumis but Gargano can’t take the advantage. Lumis backs Johnny into the corner but Theory jumps on the apron and Lumis drags him into the ring, only for Gargano to roll him up and score the win!
Winner: Johnny Gargano
After the Match
Immediately following the match, we see that Theory is standing by the apron and Lumis slides over and grabs him with the Silence. Gargano breaks the submission and goes out to grab a chair, but before he can use it, we see Kushida as he runs down and attacks Gargano!
Kushida applies the Hoverboard Lock on Gargano and we see Theory make his way over to try and stop it, however Lumis once again grabs him in the Silence. Kushida relents and lifts the North American Championship, speaks in Japanese, then tosses it at Gargano to end the segment.
Backstage – Dunne, Lorcan, and Burch
We head backstage where Dunne, Lorcan and Burch are stopped and asked about what happened tonight, to which Burch responds that the Undisputed Era used to run the place but they should know by now they don’t anymore.
Dunne adds, as far as he is concerned, Kyle O’Reilly put himself between him and the NXT Championship, so they’re gonna take it like that.
Video – Sit-Down Interview With Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa
We head into a video of a pre-recorded sit-down interview conducted by Wade Barrett with both Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa. To start things off, Timothy Thatcher states he is medically cleared, and he’s ready to go. Ciampa looks to Thatcher and asked what the details of the injury are but Thatcher says it doesn’t concern him.
Barrett asks Ciampa if he regrets asking for the Fight Pit match. Ciampa says it might be a mistake, it’s Thatcher’s match. It might be brutal and Thatcher interrupts him to say he has no idea. They shoot daggers at each other and Barrett asks why they don’t like each other. Thatcher says he has no problem with Ciampa, he came after him.
Ciampa says Thatcher is a piece of garbage who takes advantage of young wrestlers. And inside the Fight Pit he’s going to take all the liberties he wants. Thatcher says he’s a different beast inside the Pit, and a Lion doesn’t need to explain itself to a zebra. Ciampa asks if he looks like a zebra and Thatcher says he looks like a man who doesn’t know if he’s still got it. Ciampa says next week Thatcher will find out. On THAT note, we head to commercial break!
Backstage Interview – Undisputed Era
As we return from the commercial break, we are once again backstage with the members of Undisputed Era. The team states they are happy to prove themselves time and time again if necessary.
O’Reilly then speaks up and states he’s going to be out there to have his boys’ backs and keep the peace. Cole says they’re gonna focus on Breezango tonight and progress to the next round of the Dusty Classic.
MSK VS. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott & Jake Atlas
We get the entrances for both teams as we head into the next match-up in the Dusty Classic for the evening. The referee signals for the bell and the next match is officially underway. To kick things off, we see both Jake Atlas and Nash Carter inside the ring where they exchange some quick mat wrestling and counters. Carter reverses Atlas and tags Lee for some fast-paced tag team offence, and Swerve gets the tag from Atlas.
Carter dodges Swerve and drops him with a dropkick, then smiles at him. Carter then hits a springboard, spinning crossbody before tagging Wes Lee. Lee takes a wristlock and tries to control Swerve but Isiah backs him into the corner and beats on him before tagging Atlas. Lee elbows himself free from a hold and hits the ropes but Swerve pulls the ropes down to cause him to fall out of the ring. Atlas then hits a suicide dive to send Lee over the announce desk.
Atlas and Swerve put Lee back in the ring, then Carter runs off the ropes and jumps onto Atlas. Swerve boots Carter but then Atlas wipes both of them out with a tope over the ropes as we head to commercial break.
As we return from the commercial break, we see Swerve locked in an Armbar by Carter. Swerve lifts Carter and slams him hard on the canvas to break the hold! At this point, both men make their way to their sides of the ring and are both able to make the tag to their partners! Lee comes in hot against Atlas to put some fire back into this match-up as Lee backs Atlas into the corner of the ring. Lee is able to reverse an Irish whip by Atlas and hits several fast punches, followed by a Dropkick and then immediately kips-up.
Once again, the tag is made to Carter as he jumps up with a Moonsault and Lee shoves him over to land on Atlas. They look to hit another double-team but Atlas shoves them away and hits a German suplex to Lee. Swerve grabs Lee at which point Atlas Superkicks him. Next, the two men work over some double-team action with a Powerslam and 450 Splash for a near-fall thanks to Carter.
Finally, we see Swerve throw Carter to ringside followed by making a tag himself and both he and Atlas put Lee on the top rope, only to have Lee knock Atlas to the floor. Carter tags in and MSK team hit a wicked Reverse Hurricanrana to Swerve on the middle rope followed by a double-team Blockbuster for the win!
After the Match
We are informed that the team of MSK have progressed to the 2nd Round of the Dusty Classic, and they will face either Curt Stallion & August Grey or Drake Maverick & Killian Dain.
We take a look at the Women’s Dusty Rhodes Classic, which will begin next week with Kayden Carter and Kacy Catanzaro vs. Toni Storm and Mercedes Martinez, before we head to commercial break.
Xia Li And Boa Training Video W/ Highlights
As we head into a video highlighting the last few weeks of Xia Li and Boa’s training, which included highlights from Xia’s win over Katrina Cortez last week on NXT, we see Xia and Boa standing with the mystery woman in her chair. Xia will be here next. We return to commercial break.
Vignette – Karrion Kross and Scarlett Bourdeux
As we return from the commercial break, we get a new vignette on Karrion Kross and Scarlett who clearly have their sights set on the current NXT Champion, Finn Balor. Tik-Tok.
Xia Li vs. Enhancement Talent
First out in the ring already is Li’s opponent for tonight’s match-up. Out next, we get a unique entrance by both Xia Li and Boa as their mystery leader watches their every move from her throne like chair on the stage.
With both women in the ring, the referee signals for the bell. The bell rings and Xia quickly connects with a unique right hand, then stares her opponent down. She then follows up with a kick for the easy squash. Barrett called it two precision strikes.
Winner: Xia Li
After the match
Boa and Xia head up the ramp but the mystery woman watching from the ramp stops and signals for Li to punish her opponent some more at ringside. Li attacks again and then receives another signal from the mystery woman, to finish her opponent for good. Li and Boa head back to the mystery woman.
We head backstage where we see both Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter who are discussing with one another how they will win the firs-ever Women’s Dusty Classic.
We see the tag teams backstage walking for tonight’s main event.
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic – First Round
The Undisputed Era vs. Breezango
Out first for this Dusty Rhodes Tag-Team Classic match up is Tyler Breeze and Fandango representing Breezango. They make their way down the ramp and enter the ring as they await their opponent. Out next comes Adam Cole and Roderick Strong representing The Undisputed Era along with Kyle O’Reilly (from UE as well). The announcers talk about how O’Reilly isn’t cleared to compete and shouldn’t be out here again.
The referee signals for the bell, the bell rings and this match up is officially underway! Adam Cole starts things off against Tyler Breeze. They lock-up and Breeze takes a headlock but Cole shoots him off, only to get dropped with a shoulder. Cole then leapfrogs Breeze, who in turn does the same, and both guys look for superkicks but pull back and slap hands. Breeze takes Cole down with a side headlock but Cole uses a Headscissors to break free and they are again at odds, so they both tag out.
Roderick forces Fandango down, then locks in a Wristlock. Fandango turns the tables before hitting a Judo throw and dropping a knee on the arm. Strong breaks away but Fandango drops him with a spinning heel kick for a two-count. Fandango makes a tag to Tyler Breeze with Strong isolated in the corner as we head to the final commercial break of the evening.
As we return from the commercial break, we get find Fandango has taken control of Adam Cole inside the ring just as Breeze tags in to continue the attack. Cole hits Breeze with a Leaping Kick but Breeze quickly throws him out of the ring. Breeze looks for a suicide dive but Cole kicks him in mid-air. Cole gets inside and both men makes tags. Strong comes in hot and both men exchange hands but Strong hits a running kick, then a dropkick and a backbreaker.
Strong leans Breeze on the rope and hits running forearms to the face, then lifts Breeze and throws him onto Fandango. Cole tags in again and they hit a gutbuster into a running knee for a near-fall. Breeze tags in but Cole immediately drops him with a pump kick. Cole looks for Ushigoroshi but Breeze counters and hits an inverted backbreaker for a near-fall. Breeze tags Fandango and they hit a backbreaker/elbow drop but Strong breaks the pin attempt. We get a rapid sequence where every guy hits their moves and they’re all down and out. On the outside of the ring, we see that Kyle O’Reilly is being attacked by Dunne, Lorcan, and Burch.
They push Kyle’s face against a steel girder and Dunne looks to kick it but Finn Balor runs down and makes the save. Finn is quickly overwhelmed and Dunne drops him. Dunne then hits a forearm to O‘Reilly’s jaw against the girder, then a running knee to the face. Meanwhile in the ring, Cole makes to leave the ring but Breeze superkicks him. Breezango look to finish the match but Cole knocks Breeze out of the ring. Cole goes up top and jumps for the Panama Sunrise but Fandango throws him off. Fandango then jumps at Cole but gets caught with a superkick and that’s that.
Winner: Adam Cole and Roderick Strong
After the Match
Immediately following the match, we see both Cole and Strong run out to check on O’Reilly, who is now bleeding from the mouth. Balor is lying beside him holding his shoulder. Undisputed Era progress to the 2nd Round of the Dusty Classic, and the show comes to a close with Dunne, Lorcan and Burch posing on the stage with the Tag Team Title belts.
**That’s all for the first night of the WWE NXT “Dusty Rhodes Tag-Team Classic” 2021! Be sure to check back this Friday for Friday Night SmackDown right here at eWrestling.com with yours truly! As always, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay awesome! RUSH OUT!**
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