NXT Results – March 31, 2021

NXT Results - March 31, 2021

NXT Results – March 31, 2021 – We begin with a look at the two nights of Takeover Stand and Deliver, Wednesday on USA and Peacock and Thursday on Peacock.

We are at the Capitol Wrestling Centre and your announcers are Beth Phoenix, Wade Barrett, and Vic Joseph.

Roderick Strong vs. Cameron Grimes

Before the match, Cameron Grimes tells Roddy that he knows Roddy was frustrated last week and he might have come to talk to him at the wrong time.  He says there is so much to be done with the Undisputed Era intellectual property.  He shows Strong a “Grimes the System” t-shirt..  He then plays the music for them but Strong hits Grimes from behind.

Grimes backs Strong into the apron and Strong with punches.  The match starts and Strong with a front face lock and knees.  Strong with knees to Grimes followed by forearms.  Grimes with an elbow and forearm.  Grimes with a knee drop and front face lock.  Strong with a wrist lock and chop.  Grimes with a shoulder and front face lock.  Strong kicks Grimes and follows with a knee.  Strong with a forearm and Grimes fires back.  Strong with a knee.  Strong with a chop but Grimes kicks Strong.  Grimes with a chop and Strong chops back.  Grimes with a rake of the eyes followed by kicks.  

Strong with a drop kick and he clotheslines Grimes over the top rope to the floor.  Strong with a drop kick through the ropes.  Strong with chops and forearms on the floor.  Grimes backs Strong into the scaffolding.  Grimes sends Strong into the plexiglass and then connects with a forearm before they return to the ring.  Grimes chokes Strong in the ropes.  Grimes with a clothesline in the corner.  Grimes with a hard Irish whip. 

Grimes with an arm bar into a double wrist lock.  Strong with an elbow.  Grimes with a spinning sit out slam for a near fall.  Grimes with a double overhook on the arms.  Grimes with a forearm to the lower back and he returns to the arm bar.  Strong gets Grimes up but Grimes gets to his feet.  Grimes with a kick.  Strong with a boot to the head and a chop.  Strong with a forearm and clothesline out of the corner.  Grimes with a forearm for a near fall.  Grimes with a waist lock and Strong blocks a German suplex attempt.  Strong with a back drop to Grimes followed by a head butt to the midsection.  Strong with a uranage back breaker for a near fall.

Strong with chops and he puts Grimes on the turnbuckles.  Strong sets for a superplex and hits it for a near fall.  Strong with running forearms but Grimes with a standing C4 and he gets a near fall.  Grimes goes into his tights for something but Strong with an Olympic Slam and Grimes drops it.  Strong picks it up and it is an Undisputed Era arm band and that distracts Strong long enough to allow Grimes to hit Cave In for the three count.

Winner:  Cameron Grimes

— We take a look at Karrion Kross.  He says his biggest strength going into Takeover is his conviction.  His training is very simple.  Train to create maximum damage.  He says he is going back to basics.  Catch wrestling, judo, striking.  Stay to his strengths.  Balor is going to try to run out the clock and tire him, but you cannot run from him forever.  He will cut the ring off and when he hits Balor, he will see a flash.  The fans will see the Prince dethroned.

We go to commercial.

— We are back and WALTER says that Tommaso Ciampa is a locker room leader and he was a dominant champion but his priorities have changed.  You are not a leader.  You are a shell of what you used to be.  That is the difference between you and me.  I am the longest reigning NXT UK champion in history and I respect the sport like no one else.  I will prove what it means when I say The Mat is Sacred.

— We are reminded that NXT will move to Tuesdays starting on April 13th.

— Santos Escobar, Joaquin Wilde, and Raul Mendoza are in the ring and Santos makes an open challenge because he runs the bingo around here.  He wants to show Jordan Devlin what he is in store for next week.  I was born a champion.  I am the emperor of Lucha Libre.  That is not a nickname or a catchphrase.  I represent 100 years of tradition.  This division will forever belong to me as long as I want to because it’s in my blood and it runs through my veins.  Blood and tradition says I am the best cruiserweight in the history of NXT.

Tyler Breeze’s music plays and he makes his way to the stage.  

Breeze tells Santos the difference between you and me is that you think the Cruiserweight division is yours because you think you are entitled.  I have had to work my ass off to get here.  Open challenge… challenge accepted.

Tyler Breeze vs. Santos Escobar

Escobar with a kick to the midsection followed by kicks in the corner and a drop kick into the corner.  Escobar gets Breeze on his shoulders but Breeze escapes and hits a drop kick  Breeze with kicks and an Irish whip but Escobar floats over.  Breeze with a drop kick that sends Escobar into the corner.  Breeze sends Escobar to the floor.  Breeze goes to the floor and he sends Escobar back into the ring.  Escobar with a drop kick.  Escobar with a drop kick for a near fall.  Escobar kicks Breeze in the corner followed by an Irish whip and Breeze goes to the apron and hits an enzuigiri.

Breeze wrings the leg into the ring post and he takes care of Mendoza and Wilde.  Breeze with an enzuigiri to Escobar and we go to commercial.

We are back and Breeze gets to the ropes to force a break.  Escobar with a chop and knees in the corner.  Escobar with a running knee to Breeze in the corner.  Escobar with a near fall.  Escobar slaps Breeze in the back of the head and he kicks Breeze.  Escobar gets Breeze up and hits a gutbuster from a fireman’s carry position.  Escobar goes for a surfboard and applies it.  Escobar with a chin lock and then he releases the hold.  Escobar gets a near fall.  Escobar with a chop and kick.

Breeze kicks Escobar into the mat and hits a rana and Breeze with punches.  Breeze with elbows to the leg and a knee drop to the leg.  Breeze with a kick to the knee and a spinebuster.  Breeze goes for a Sharpshooter.  Escobar gets to the ropes and forces a break.  Escobar with a punch and he gets Breeze up for a Phantom Driver and the three count.

Winner:  Santos Escobar

After the match, MSK come to the ring to stop Legado Del Fantasma from doing any more damage to Breeze.

— Zack Gibson is on the GameTron with James Drake and he says that both teams are so distracted but they are laser focused on the Grizzled Young Veterans becoming the next tag team champions.

— McKenzie Mitchell is in the back with The Way.  Johnny says the idea for his title defense is the stupidest.  He says he should have more than 24 hours to know who his opponent is.  Johnny asks Austin why is he in the battle royal.  Austin says he could win the battle royal and gauntlet and face him at Takeover. Candice says she wants to talk about tonight.  They are going to show Shotzi and Ember what real champions are.

— We see a dog arriving at the Performance Center and we go to commercial.

— We are back with a look at what happened last week between Io Shirai and Raquel Gonzalez. We see Io in the trainer;s room with McKenzie Mitchell last week.  McKenzie asks if Raquel was more than she expected.   Io says that is why she chose Raquel.

Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae versus Gigi Dolin and Zeda Ramirez

Indi and Gigi start things off and Indi with a clean break.  They lock up and Gigi with a waist lock into a full nelson.  Gigi with a cravate.  Gigi with a snap mare and kick to the back.  Gigi with a forearm to the back.  Gigi misses a boot and Dolin is dropped on the turnbuckles and Indi with a side slam for a near fall.  Candice tags in and she misses a splash into the corner.  Indi tags in and Dolin with an elbow.  Zeda tags in and connects with forearms and a superman punch.  Ramirez with a near fall.  Indi with a spinebuster 

Candice tags in and knocks Dolin off the apron and kicks Ramir.  Ramir with an inside cradle for a near fall.  Candice with Wicked Stepsister and Indi with a springboard elbow drop for the three count.

Winners:  Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell

After the match, Candice says she wants to make sure they hear her clearly in the back.  There is no woman in the back who deserves to be a champion more than her. They deserve to be NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.  She tells Shotzi and Ember that she is coming for what is hers.  It will be on our time and our stage.  It will be our way. That is NXT Takeover Stand and Deliver.

NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon ride to the ring and Ember asks if Candice said she deserves their titles.  Ember says they have lost their minds.  We wouldn’t be lying if we didn’t say we expected it.  Shotzi says they are going to TCB at Takeover and they accept.  Ember says they should knock some sense into them and they shoot the missile at Indi and Candice.

— We see Zoey Stark walking in the back as well as Raquel Gonzalez with Dakota Kai. Io Shirai shows up and tells Raquel that she cannot kill her.  They brawl and Io is sent into a storage case.

— We see the dog from earlier enter the CWC as we go to commercial.

— We are back and Roderick Strong is in the back and he is asked by McKenzie where is he going because he has the battle royal.  Strong says that he is done as he leaves the building.

Zoey Stark vs. Raquel Gonzalez

Stark avoids Gonzalez to avoid a lock up.  Gonzalez backs Stark into the corner and Gonzalez with a punch and elbow.  Gonzalez misses a charge into the corner and Stark with kicks to the leg.  Gonzalez throws Stark aside but Stark with a head scissors take down and splash.  Gonzalez sends Stark to the apron and Stark with a forearm and she drop kicks Gonzalez into the corner.  Gonzalez blocks a monkey flip and sends Stark face first into the mat.  Gonzalez with a near fall.  Gonzalez with elbow drops and she gets a near fall.  Gonzalez with a top wrist lock and chin bar.

Stark with a forearm and Gonzalez blocks an Irish whip.  Gonzalez with an Irish whip but she misses a splash.  Stark with a super kick and elbow.  Stark drops down and Gonzalez goes over the top rope to the floor.  Stark goes for a pescado but Gonzalez catches her and Stark sends Gonzalez into the ring post.  The referee checks on Gonzalez and Kai punches Stark but Stark sends Kai over the ringside barrier.  Stark with a forearm and sliding knee for a near fall.  Stark goes to the turnbuckles but Gonzalez with a forearm to the back and Gonzalez goes for the one arm power bomb but Stark with punches.  Stark with a blockbuster for a near fall.

Stark goes for a sunset flip but Gonzalez stays on her feet but misses an elbow drop.  Gonzalez with a one arm power bomb for the three count.

Winner:  Raquel Gonzalez

After the match, Io Shirai runs to the ring and she goes after Gonzalez.  Shirai with punches and a drop kick that sends Raquel to the floor.  Io with punches and Raquel picks up Shirai and sends her into the plexiglass.

— We get more with the mystery cute dog in the Performance Center as we go to commercial.

— We are back and KUSHIDA is asked about his chances tonight.  He says nothing will stop him. Pete Dunne shows up and he says he heard KUSHIDA say he was the best technical wrestler in the world but that is Dunne’s title.  KUSHIDA says he heard him.

— It is time for Prime Target for the Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole match.

We start off with Adam Cole’s comments from last week about how he didn’t need the Undisputed Era.  

Adam says they have 15 minutes.  

Kyle says when he first met Adam Cole, it was 11 or 12 years ago.  They met backstage at a show and they hit it off.  Little did he know that this man would become both the biggest blessing and the biggest curse.  Cole says he met Kyle in 2009.  From that moment forward, he has been attached to Kyle, either as a friend or opponent.  No matter where in the world it was, they have been attached at the hip.  We go to Kyle’s comments from last week.

Kayden Carter and Kacy Catanzaro vs. Tian Sha and Xia Li

We go back to the ring and out comes Kayden Carter and Kacy Catanzaro. Back to commercial.

Li starts off by herself and Kacy with punches and she applies a rear chin lock.  Carter tags in and kicks Li and sends her into the turnbuckles.  Kacy tags in and punches Li.  Carter tags in and punches Li.  Kacy tags in and hits a running clothesline into the corner and gets a near fall.  Li sends Catanzaro into the apron and ringside barrier.  Kacy with an inside cradle for a near fall.  Kacy with a Codebreaker to Li.  Carter goes up to Tian Sha and Sha chokes out Carter and blows smoke in her face to send her to the Hell of Making a Bad Decision.

Kacy with a kick to Li and Li with a jumping knee to Kacy follwoed by a spinning heel kick for the three count.

Winners:  Xia Li and Tian Sha

— McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with Raquel Gonzalez now, asking about NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai. Gonzalez goes to speak but Shirai attacks her again and they start fighting. Gonzalez grabs Shirai by her neck and launches her through a covered window, into the next room. Gonzalez yells at Shirai to stay down. Officials come tend to Shirai as fans boo in the arena.

– We see the dog running again. This time it stops at a woman wearing boots but that’s all we can see. Writing appears on the screen that says someone named “Franky” will see us soon. She’s coming on April 13, which is the first Tuesday show. Franky looks like Taya Valkyrie’s dog… Back to commercial.

— We are back with Tommaso Ciampa and he says that when he went in for surgery he got this necklace from his wife and daughter.  You reminded me of my story.  I heard what you had to say.  Everyone has a lot to say and he has heard it before.  He isn’t the same he was before surgery or before he became a dad.  Is WALTER right?  Did he change?  Ciampa says in some ways he has.  He shifts his mindset and he thinks of the people who continue to believe.  To all of his supporters, I hear you and I see you.  I feel you and at Takeover, we will remind the world.  I will chase that dragon and climb to the top of his mountain and I am going to knock his head off.  I know what it is like to be at the top and what it is like to be at the bottom.  I have changed, but over the last two years, I have learned that I would rather be a man who fights for something instead of someone with nothing to lose.  Do you want to know if the Blackheart lives or if the Psycho Killer lives.  You will find out in seven days and I will take that title from you.  It is a long fall from the top fo the mountain.  He tells WALTER to buckle up.

Finn Balor says he has been expecting Kross for a long time.  It was not a matter of if, but when.  When the pressure is on, it becomes hard to breathe and the nerves make your legs heavy.  Those rules do not apply to him because his stamina is his strength.  Finn Balor does not get gassed out.  Kross may dictate the pace of the match.  The longer the match goes, the farther it goes into deep water and that is where he drowns.  There will be no fairy tale ending.  In the end, you choke and I stay the NXT Champion.

Wade Barrett and Vic Joseph are in the ring to explain the rules for the battle royal.  Wade mentions that there are only 11 men in the match since Roderick Strong is no longer part of the match.

11-Man Battle Royal to determine Gauntlet Eliminator participants for Takeover
Austin Theory, Dexter Lumis, Jake Atlas, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Leon Ruff, Tyler Rust, Kushida, Bronson Reed, Roderick Strong, Cameron Grimes, LA Knight, Pete Dunne

Leon Ruff attacks Isaiah Scott as they get to the ring.  Scott sends Ruff into the plexiglass and then into the ring.  Ruff with kicks to Scott and Ruff clotheslines Scott to the floor and Scott goes over the announce table to avoid Ruff.

We go to commercial.

Back from the break and Pete Dunne is out. The ring is full of everyone else. The bell rings and everyone goes at it as Dexter Lumis watches from the corner. Kushida works on Austin Theory. Tyler Rust and Jake Atlas go at it. Swerve and Dunn trade shots. Ruff and Swerve go at it now. Bronson Reed tries to dump Cameron Grimes. LA Knight beats on Kushida in the corner. Malcolm Bivens tries to help Rust eliminate Atlas but gets caught. Swerve dropkicks Atlas and eliminates him.

Rust gets eliminated next, apparently by Ruff as he also fought with Swerve. Lumis is still watching intensely from a corner. Swerve works on Knight now. Kushida has Grimes tied up in the bottom rope. Dunne with a low dropkick to Ruff. Reed sends Theory out but he falls without his feet touching the floor. He has a bright idea and thinks he’s going to kip up to get back to his feet to stay in match. However, he kips up to his feet and eliminates himself. Theory throws a fit but the referee orders him to the back.

Reed knocks Kushida but he hangs on. Knight and Grimes double team Reed now, sending him to the apron. Reed fights back from the apron. Kushida drops Reed on the apron. Knight attacks Kushida. Kushida double teams Knight and Grimes with elbows. Dunne takes out Swerve then Ruff. Dunne goes to work on Ruff’s fingers and limbs now. Kushida with a punt kick to Grimes.

Dunne and Kushida face off in the middle of the ring now. They unload with strikes and go at it. Lumis is still watching from the corner. Kushida and Dunne are eliminated at the same time as Kushida tumbles them over the top rope to the floor with the Hoverboard Lock applied. They yell at each other as officials try to break them up and get them to the back. We go to a picture-in-picture commercial.

Back from the break and the final 6 going to Takeover are Reed, Grimes, Ruff, Swerve, Knight and Lumis. Lumis is still watching from a corner. Reed and Grimes go at it. Ruff and Swerve go at it. Knight talks some trash from the ring. The announcers reveal Kushida vs. Dunne for Night One of Takeover. NXT General Manager William Regal made the match and said he wants to see a technical masterpiece.

Gargano has joined the announcers for commentary. Knight works over Reed in the corner. Swerve and Ruff keep fighting on the ropes and the apron. Lumis continues to stand guard in a corner. Reed eliminates Ruff, meaning he will be in the Gauntlet at #1. Reed then eliminates Swerve, meaning he will go into the Gauntlet at #2.

Knight attacks Reed and works him over to some boos. Grimes joins in but Reed fights them off. Reed sends Knight to the apron. Knight launches himself in but Reed catches him in mid-air. They tangle. Grimes and Knight try to dump Grimes now. Lumis comes over and interferes in their attack, dumping Reed himself. Reed will enter the Gauntlet at #3.

It’s down to Knight, Lumis and Grimes now. Fans chant for Lumis. Grimes brings out a bunch of money and tries to buy them off to eliminate themselves. Grimes is decked, sending the money flying, and they both toss him over the top rope to eliminate him. Grimes will enter the Gauntlet at #4 at Takeover. Knight and Lumis face off in the middle of the ring now. Fans chant for Lumis. Knight approaches but Lumis uppercuts him and goes to work. Lumis with a huge back body drop for a pop.

Lumis tries to toss Knight but he hangs on, then sends Lumis to the apron. Lumis hangs on and keeps fighting. Lumis tries for a suplex to the floor but Knight blocks it and drops him. Knight charges but Lumis pulls the rope down, sending Knight through the ropes to the floor, but not over the top rope for an elimination. Knight then immediately follows up and pulls Lumis from the apron to the floor to get the final elimination for the win. Lumis will enter the Gauntlet last at Takeover.

Winner: LA Knight

After the match, Knight stands tall as his music hits. He goes right to Gargano and taunts him. They have words over the NXT North American Title as the announcers hype the Gauntlet for Takeover.

– The music of NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai suddenly hits and out she comes to a pop. Shirai is fired up. She takes a mic and yells in Japanese. She drops the mic and here comes Raquel Gonzalez with referees trying to hold her back. Shirai meets her at ringside and they start brawling.

Referees try to keep them apart as do the other female NXT Superstars from the locker room. Shirai goes into the ring with other women holding her back. Gonzalez fights free from those holding her back at ringside, and goes to the apron to attack. Shirai ends up dropkicking her off the apron. Shirai goes to the top and leaps to the floor with a big splash, taking down Gonzalez and a big group of women.

Shirai yells out and gets fired up at ringside as a “NXT!” chant breaks out. Shirai continues celebrating as her music hits and the announcers hype Gonzalez vs. Shirai as the main event of Night One of Takeover. We go to replays. The NXT go-home show for “Takeover: Stand and Deliver” goes off the air with Shirai standing over Gonzalez and yelling out.

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