Welcome to eWrestling.com’s WWE NXT TakeOver: XXX LIVE Results for September 16, 2020 airing on the WWE Network as WWE’s black-and-gold brand returns LIVE this evening!
Tonight’s LIVE show is set for the a night of big names and rivals brought together in the NXT ring as announced earlier today by EWrestling’s own, Matt Boone (@MattBoone1984). Two massive title clashes headline a huge edition of NXT as Damian Priest defends the North American Championship against Timothy Thatcher, while Breezango look to hold on to the NXT Tag Team Titles against Imperium. Elsewhere, NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai faces Shotzi Blackheart in non-title action and the unlikely duo of Drake Maverick & Killian Dain team up to battle The Undisputed ERA’s Roderick Strong & Bobby Fish. Catch it all tonight at 8/C on USA Network!
Featured below are WWE NXT Results from September 16, 2020, written by eWrestling.com’s most popular female reporter, Jamie Rush. Follow me on Twitter @JamieRush312.
WWE NXT LIVE Results (9/16/20)
Tonight’s WWE NXT on USA Network kicks off with a vignette highlighting all the match-ups we have in store for this evening’s edition of NXT!
We enter the Full Sail University Arena in Winter Park, Florida as the camera pans the crowd standing behind plexiglas with face masks as our first match is announced for the evening!!
NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai vs. Shotzi Blackheart
Inside the arena, we kick off the first match-up of the evening as pint-sized Shotzi Blackheart, in her pint-sized tank, makes her way to the ring! Next to the ring is the NXT Women’s Champion, Io Shirai as flashing strobe lights illuminate the champion as she makes her way down the ramp and joins her opponent, Blackheart, inside the NXT ring!
Shirai removes her jacket as the lights return. Blackheart pulling her slime green hair away from her face. The referee signals for the bell, the bell rings and the first match of the evening is officially under the way.
Blackheart extends her hand in a show of good sportsmanship, Shirai looks reluctant, as she steps closer… smacking Blackheart’s hand away. Blackheart is kicked into the ropes, as she flings back at Shirai, Blackheart flips over her opponent. Blackheart kicks out at one. Crucifix pin attempt by Shirai, Blackheart kicks out at one.
Lots of back and forth kick outs between the two females inside the ring. Blackheart ties up Shirai in a submission attempt as she twists up the right arm of Shirai who cannot reach the ropes!
Shirai heads up top, as she looks for a high flying manuever to regain control of this match-up! Moonsault by Shirai to the outside, landing on Blackheart! Back in the ring, Shirai hooks the leg, Blackheart kicks out as we head to our first commercial break of the evening!
(The match continues picture-in-picture as Shirai is able to get Blackheart cornered against the ring post as she attempts to take over control in this match-up!)
We return from commercial break and Shirai charges in at Blackheart in the corner who is able to go up and over Shirai. Blackheart swings Shirai around the ring, landing Shirai face-first into the canvas. Blackheart with a massive Knee to the face of Shirai who answers back with a Forearm. Blackheart then retaliates with a Forearm to the forehead of Shirai. Blackheart absorbing the Forearms and Punches by Shirai who then attempts an Enzuguri.
Crossface locked in on Blackheart in the center of the ring as the crowd pops, revved up as Blackheart inches closer to the ropes! Blackheart twists her hips, getting her toe on the bottom rope to break the hold!! Step-Up Enzuguri rocks Shirai! Blackheart throws caution to the win as she takes control of this match! Shirai holding onto the ropes desperately. Blackheart chops the arm of Shirai as she hits a massive Suplex for the cover and a nearfall! Blackheart with yet another submission hold!
Shirai rolls through, turning it into a pin attempt on Blackheart. Blackheart lands face-first into the ropes, Shirai hitting a 619, followed by a Missile Dropkick for a two count as Blackheart gets her left shoulder up JUST in time!! Blackheart cuts off a Moonsault attempt, hitting a Super Hurricanrana for the cover on Shirai for the counter! Shirai kicks out at two!!
Blackheart climbs to the apron, then up to the top turnbuckle, Shirai meets her with a strong fist to the cheekbone of Blackheart! Shirai looking for a Suplex, Blackheart attempts a block. Shirai tries to get to the top rope. Blackheartis hit with a German Suplex, landing hard on her neck as she is folded in half. Blackheart looks dazed as she is rolled back into the ring. Shirai goes for the cover, Blackheart kicks out!
Shirai with a Running Knee followed by the Over the Moonsault for the three count pin and win!
Winner: NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai
After the Match
Blackheart is still looking dazed as she attempts to catch her breath on the mat as we go to replays from moments ago
We return to the ring, Shirai walks over to Blackheart and helps her to her feet and gives her props for her part in tonight’s match. Blackheart looks overjoyed by the approval of the NXT Women’s Champion, Shirai as the two shake hands. Blackheart falls back to one knee as she holds her side, still smiling ear to ear through the pain as she looks to Shirai who is also smiling.
We pan out to the announcer’s table as commentary members Vic Joseph and Wade Barrett discuss the first match of the evening. Vic says, “You’ve gotta take your hat off to Blackheart for that performance” to which Wade responds, “Blackheart proved to any of the doubters tonight, that was a star making performance. Blackheart is here to stay, and is a player in NXT!” We head to commercial break.
Next week, on Wednesday’s WWE NXT on USA Network, General Manager William Regal announced there will be an NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Battle Royal to find out who will face Io Shirai for the championship title!
Desmond Troy vs. Tomasso Ciampa
We return to the ring where Desmond Troy is standing in the ring as he awaits his opponent for tonight’s second match of the evening. Out next is Troy’s opponent, Tomasso Ciampa wearing a mask that covers his entire face along with a leather jacket as he makes his way to the ring. Ciampa enters the ring and glares at Troy as the referee signals for the bell.
The bell rings and this match is officially underway! Troy rushes Ciampa, shoving him into the ropes. Ciampa hits a High Knee and rocks Troy followed by a flip that takes Troy to the canvas. Ciampa locks in a Chinlock on his opponent, then looks for a Double Foot Stomp. Troy from behind with a quick roll up. Troy with Double Forearm to the jaw. Ciampa powers Troy into the corner and begins Stomping.
Ciampa sends Troy face first into the bottom turnbuckle with a Widow’s Bell follows for the three count pin and win!
Winner: Tomasso Ciampa
After the Match
Immediately after the pin, Ciampa gets to his feet, raising both of his arms in victory as we head to replays and highlights from the match.
Jake Atlas Calls Out Tomasso Ciampa
As Ciampa is about to exit the ring, Atlas makes his way to the stage with a microphone in hand. “Hi, remember me? Jake Atlas, the guy who’s ass you kicked a few weeks ago. See, I coulda ran down there and jumped you from behind, but that’s not who I am. I’m not a coward.”
Ciampa smiles as Atlas continues, “I know how dangerous you are because you’ve been at the top of the food chain for so long. Next week, it’s my turn to eat, and I’m gonna show you just how dangerous I can be!” With that, Atlas walks off the stage towards the backstage area. Ciampa with a sinister grin in response to Atlas’s statement.
Video Clip (Earlier Today): Drake Maverick (On Teaming With Killian Dain Against Undisputed Era)
We head to a video clip of Drake Maverick walking down the sidewalk towards the Full Sail University arena. Maverick is reminded that he and Killian Dain have a tag-team match tonight against Undisputed Era, though Dain has made it clear that he doesn’t plan to team up with Maverick.
Maverick states the game plan is simple, they have a common enemy in Undisputed Era and they will defeat them as a team. Maverick’s pace slows as he stares off into the distance continuing, “Sure he… hasn’t called me or met up with me all week, and… he’s punched me in the face a few times, and I don’t have his cell phone numb… Do you have his number? OK, anyway, I’m sure it’ll be fine. It’ll be good.” Maverick continues walking, dragging his back behind him as we head to commercial break!
Finn Balor Delivers A Message As New NXT Champion
We return from commercial break and Finn Balor is sitting in a pitch black room Finn Balor. Adam Cole. Everyone wanted to know who was the greatest. Adam, you are undisputed… but there’s only one Prince. The questions keep coming. Whats it like to be champion four years apart? How is NXT different between then and now? How will this reign be different than the last?
Clips are shown of Balor smiling through signings, public appearances, etc. As Balor states he built the brand through those motions. “I don’t need the brand, I made the brand, now the brand needs me.” Doesn’t matter what country, what brand, or what night, I’ve been fighting for 20 years to be champion. So now it’s time for people to start fighting to face the champion. So form a q, because the line starts here. You better look both ways, before you cross the Prince.”
In Ring: Austin Theory
“Let’s make something perfectly clear, Austin Theory is a future first ballot Hall of Famer. Bronson Reed, I hate bringing you up, but last week was a fluke. I’m gonna prove that right now. So anyone in the back, this is your opportunity to tell the world, that you were grateful enough to step into the ring with Austin Theory.
Kushida Accepts The Challenge
No music, no announcement, Kushida makes his way out to the stage and charges down the ramp towards the ring as the crowd pops. Kusida enters the ring as the bell chimes and this match begins!
Austin Theory vs. Kushida
The referee signals for the bell and this impromptu match is officially underway! Kushida wastes no time as he heads in at Theory. A take-down by Theory lands Kushida on the canvas. Austin Theory mounts Kushida and pounds away with strikes to the head and body!
Theory with a Snap Suplex that heads into a cover by Theory, Kushida kicks out at two. Back Breaker by Theory landing Kushida right back on the canvas. Theory with a Moonsault attempt, Kushida with a Soccer Style Kick to the elbow of Theory. Kushida with a Hip Toss followed by a Basement Dropkick. Kushida puts his body on the line as he lands creative manuevers on Theory.
Theory is thrown from the ring. Theory’s forearm pops off the post. Kushida continues to focus on the now injured arm of Theory. This new side of Kushida is dangerous, as commentary notes. Kushida locks in the Hover Board Lock on Theory who taps!
Winner By Submission: Kushida
After the Match
The referee calls for the bell as Theory taps, though Kushida refuses to let go as he continues to lock in the Hover Board submission move. Kushida stands in the center of the ring, both arms raised above his head in victory as we head to commercial break!
A Moment In Time With “The Garganos”
We head into the home of Johnny Gargano and wife Candice LeRae as they are laying in the guest bedroom (LeRae in full makeup for bed, lucky guy Johnny!) as LeRae looks into the camera to address Tegan Nox, “Oh Tegan, you wanna walk around complaining about how I’ve changed? At least I’ve changed for the better! I gave you the opportunity of a LIFETIME and how do you repay me? (Johnny Gargano chimes in, “By breaking our freaking TV! ok Can you believe this is how we are spending our four year anniversary??? it’s ok Watching this crappy tv in the guest bedroom? I haven’t gone downstairs in a week.
Candice LeRae continues to humor Johnny Gargano’s rant about Tegan’s destroying the living room during her visit that went awry last week. “i know There’s spaghetti everywhere. Anyway…” Candice LeRae continues, “Mr Regal has informed me that next week there will be a Women’s Battle Royal and the winner will go on to take on Io Shirai for the NXT Women’s Title”
Johnny interrupts stating he finally “got it.” (Still focused on the tv situation) The most expensive one too. 100in plasma screen, 3D tv, it’ll be like looking into the freaking sun, but it won’t be here til tomorrow. So tonight we get to watch crooked tooth Thatcher take on bootleg Slash for the North American Championship.
He continues, when all is said and done and we both have gold around our waist, we can celebrate by watching our 100in tv.”
Tag-Team Championship Match
Breezango vs. Imperium
Police sirens sounds as red and blue lights flash across the Full Sail University arena. Breezango members Tyler Breeze and Fandango make their way down the ramp and enter the ring where they stop to pose on the apron. Out next is Imperium members Aichner and Barthel, who with no hesitation, run down the ramp and slide into the ring where they begin to attack Breezango. The referee gets control and asks if they’re ready now, signaling for the bell.
The bell rings and the match officially begins. Marcel Barthel tags in after a short but effective attack by Aichner. Fandango makes his way back to his feet only to be taken down again by Barthel. Belly to Back. Clothesline by Barthel to Fandango for the cover.
Finally Breeze and Aichner both head in and look to rally as the crowd pops! Barthel sent to the outside by Fandango. Breeze hoists up Aichner onto his shoulders, then drops him to the canvas. Breeze hits a Superkick, Barthel breaks up the count! Breeze grabs the foot of Aichner and drags him to the center of the ring. Aichner drops Fandango. Aichner uses pure power to lift Breeze up , landing him on the canvas with a massive Suplex.
Aichner goes for the cover, Fandango is able to break the cover! Fandango tags in and a High Crossbody wipes out Aichner who wasn’t able to duck. The action heads to ringside where Breeze almost has an awkward drop off of Barthel. Fandango flies off the top, nobody home as Fandango lands hard on his tailbone in the center of the ring! Barthel with a kick to the jaw, the referee doesn’t see. German Suplex by Aichner for the cover, Fandango kicks out! Aichner is absolutely rocked!
Tornado DDT by Fandango delivered to Aichner. Both superstars are down. Barthel tags in as does Breeze as the two go at it. Enzuguri. Breeze doesn’t realize a tag was made as Aichner heads in. Spinebuster followed by Soccer Style Kick from Imperium! Looking for the European Bomb! Fandango with the assist, Breeze hits the Hurricanrana hooking the legs in a three count pin for the win and retaining the title!
Winners and Still NXT Tag-Team Champions: Breezango
After the Match
“They were called a joke by Imperium, but tonight Breezango made them the punchline!” commentary states as we head to commercial break!
Jessi Kamea & Xia Li vs. Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter
As we return from commercial break, Xia Li and Jessi Kamea are announced as their music sounds over the speakers of Full Sail University speakers. Li and Kamea make their way down the ramp and enter the ring, Xia Li doing a kata inside the ring, ending with a pose with her traditional fan in the center of the ring.
Out next are Kacy and Kayden as their entrance theme sounds in the arena. Both make their way down the ramp and enter the ring with a fist bump as they smile and get prepared for tonight’s match-up! The referee signals for the bell, the bell chimes and this tag-team match is officially underway! The announce team plays this up as a chance to possibly earn a WWE Women’s Tag Team title shot. Kayden and Xia start things off tonight, Kayden using her size and power against the fast paced Xia.
Kacey flies over the top rope and lands on Xia. Kayden with a pin attempt on Xia who kicks out at two. Catanzaro & Carter get the first pinfall when Kacy slides and grabs Li’s foot while Kayden slings her to the mat. Xia gets free with strikes, but tandem offense continues from C & C. A big clothesline from the tall Kamea allows that team to take control with Catanzaro in peril.
Kacy evades a splash in the corner, and both teams tag. Carter & Li have a striking exchange that Kayden wins with a drop kick. Superkicks for both her opponents, then tag to Catanzaro. Pump kick from Kacy while Kayden had Xia in a crucifix, then Catanzaro pops over for a bridging pin.
Winners: Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter
After the Match
The winners offer a fist bump in the aftermath, but Xia doesn’t want anything to do with it.
Backstage – Drake finds Killian Dain
We head backstage where Drake is still looking for his tag-team partner for tonight’s match-up. Finally Maverick is able to locate Killain, who doesn’t know anything about having a tag-team match with Maverick tonight. Maverick asks, “You ready?” to which Dain responds, “Ready for what??” Killian tells Maverick he’s on his own as we head to commercial break!
Vignette – Tegan Nox
As we return from commercial break, we immediately head into a video where Tegan Nox explains about how Candice has changed. The LeRae she knew definitely wouldn’t sit around and listen to her husband whine about a $200 TV that she broke, just so he can watch himself lose on it. It boils down to Candice wants a lackey, while Tegan just wanted her friend back. But that’s okay, next week she’s gonna win the battle royal, and she can’t wait to see the look on Johnny’s face when it happens. She also warns Io that this time, she won’t come up short.
Undisputed ERA (Roderick Strong & Bobby Fish) vs. Drake Maverick & Killain Dain
No Dain, Maverick heads in for what looks like a handicap match We head to the ring as music sounds for Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong representing Undisputed Era. The crowd immediately begins “boo”ing in unison as the tag-team make their way down the ramp and enter the ring for tonight’s match up! On commentary, Wade Barrett notes that he loves the Undisputed Era.
Out next for the opposing team, first is Drake Maverick. He stands on the ramp and points to the screen, awaiting his partner. Maverick is left hanging, and makes his way to the ring as the commentary team mentions that “friends don’t punch you in the face.” Maverick believed Killian Dain would do the right thing but it appears this is now a two-on-one handicap match. The bell rings and Bobby Fish starts things off inside the ring with Drake Maverick.
Maverick is immediately handled like a rag-doll by Fish who hoists Maverick up and
Fish lifts Maverick up and carries him to the Undisputed Era corner immediately, letting Strong tag in. Both men double team Maverick. Roderick Strong sends Drake into the corner and says repeatedly that Maverick made a big mistake. Roddy whips Maverick into the corner and approaches, slapping and taunting Maverick. Strong whips Maverick into another corner and charges in, but Maverick dodges. Maverick attempts to start some offense but Strong catches him with a leaping kick to the face. Fish is tagged in. Bobby Fish is making fun of Drake, so Drake punches him in the face and drops Fish with a strike to his knee, landing Fish in the corner. Maverick attacks Fish in the corner, then flies off the top for a dropkick and covers for two. Maverick hesitates slightly, and Fish takes advantage. Fish locks in a headlock on Maverick; Maverick drags Fish back to the ropes to whip him, but doesn’t see Roderick Strong tag Fish on the back. Maverick isn’t aware of this and takes Fish into the corner. Strong comes up behind him and takes him down with a snap suplex. Strong taunts Maverick then hits a Uranage backbreaker for a two. Strong rolls Maverick to his stomach and locks in a modified camel clutch. Maverick is trying to battle back as we’re repeatedly reminded that he has no partner tonight. Maverick gets to his feet and shoves Strong into the corner. Maverick throws his shoulder into Strong but Strong overpowers Maverick and hits another Uranage backbreaker! We see on the monitors in the back that Dain is watching the match with others and laughing, and we head to commercial break.
As we return from commercial break, Fish is working over Drake when we see General Manager William Regal step to Dain. The big Irishman argues that he didn’t sign up for the match, but gets up and heads to the ring just as Maverick is thrown to the floor. He picks up Drake and tells him to get in the ring and lose like a man. TUE mock him and tell him to keep steppin’. He turns around and they throw Maverick at him. He sidesteps and heads into the ring and wipes out Roddy. Fish comes in with a chair and the referee calls for a DQ.
Winners By Disqualification: Drake Maverick & Killian Dain
Timothy Thatcher vs. Damian Priest
Thatcher and Priest lock up and neither man has the clear advantage at first. Thatcher gets the upper hand by kneeing Priest in the face and midsection. Thatcher transitions into a headlock, but Priest takes Thatcher down with an armdrag.
Priest gets Thatcher in a headlock, then rolls up Thatcher for two. Priest hits another armdrag on Thatcher and gets another headlock in on Thatcher, but Thatcher transitions into his own headlock submission. Priest pushes Thatcher off, then hits Thatcher with a shoulder tackle, taking him down.
Thatcher hits Priest with an uppercut, but Priest responds with a forearm to the face of Thatcher. Thatcher sends Priest to the apron, but Priest kicks Thatcher in the head. Priest tries to get back into the ring, but Thatcher hits Priest with an uppercut, sending him out of the ring.
Thatcher chases Priest to the outside and Priest looks for the power bomb on Thatcher. Thatcher blocks and pushes Priest into the steps, then hits a double underhook suplex on Priest on the outside, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Thatcher is in control of Priest in the ring. Thatcher lays into Priest with a coupe of knees to the midsection. Thatcher picks up Priest and hits him with an uppercut. Priest fights back with strikes to the body, but Thatcher blocks another strike, grabbing Priest by the throat and slapping him.
Priest is enraged, and he comes back with strikes and kicks, laying out Thatcher with a clothesline. Priest measures up Thatcher in the corner and hits his diving forearm smash into Thatcher in the corner. Priest hits a falcon arrow on Thatcher, covering him for two.
Thatcher gets to his feet and Priest grabs Thatcher’s throat. Thatcher grabs Priest’s leg and goes for a fujiwara armbar. Priest blocks and kicks away at Priest. Priest runs the ropes and goes for a diving kick on Thatcher. Thatcher dodges and grounds Priest, going for a fujiwara armbar again.
Priest fights to his feet and kicks at Thatcher again. Thatcher blocks a kick, grabbing his leg, then kicks at Priest’s leg, taking him to the ground. Thatcher locks in a single leg crab on Priest. Priest rolls onto his back and kicks Thatcher in the head, breaking the hold.
Both men get to their feet and Priest tries to strike Thatcher, but Thatcher blocks it and locks in a fujiwara armbar. Priest reaches the ropes with his leg and breaks the hold. Back on his feet. Priest hits Thatcher with a leaping flatliner, then a sit-out chokeslam, pinning Thatcher for two.
Preist picks up Thatcher and hits him with a roundhouse kick. Priest goes to the top rope and hits a spinning heel kick on Thatcher, then follows it up with The Reckoning on Thatcher, pinning him for three.
Winner: Damian Priest
After the Match
Priest poses in the ring as NXT goes off the air.
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