WWE NXT Quick Recap (August 17, 2021)

For those of you who want just the quick results and don't want the details of matches, this is a quick recap of tonight's show. There are spoilers for tonight's show below. The full results can be found right here and you can find our preview over here!


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WWE NXT Quick Recap for August 17, 2021

Matches Tonight:
  • The Diamond Mine's Open Challenge: Roderick Strong vs Ilja Dragunov. The originally-promoted NXT Cruiserweight fight between Kushida and Strong did not take place due to Kushida's inability to be cleared by medical staff. Very technical match--if you love that, you'll want to see this match. Dragunov won despite being busted open at one point and coating Strong's back with blood. 8:05-8:17pm EST.
  • Singles Match: Cameron Grimes vs Josh Briggs. Short match that saw Briggs dominate until the final moments, which had Grimes go over Briggs. After the match, Knight attacked Ted DiBiase and Cameron Grimes. Roughly 3 minutes.
  • Mixed Tag Match: InDex (Indi Hartwell & Dexter Lumis) vs Robert Stone & Jessi Kamea with Franky Monet. After Franky Monet was banned from the ringside by the ref after attempting to interfere, the team of InDex picked up the win when Indi Hartwell used Dexter Lumis' the Silence submission to win the match. 8:50-9:01pm EST.
  • NXT Breakout Tournament Semifinals: Duke Hudson vs Carmelo Hayes. Great match that saw Carmelo Hayes win with an impressive, skyscraper axe kick. Hayes will face Odyssey Jones in the finals. Hudson had a great chance to show off his size and strength; Hayes was able to showcase a very high-octane offense that rivals Montez Ford. 9:14-9:24pm EST.
  • Tag Team Championship Main Event Match: MSK(c) vs Imperium. Despite distractions from NXT UK Champion WALTER and Ilja Dragunov, MSK successfully retained in what turned out to be yet another exciting match. 9:40-9:50pm EST.
Miscellaneous Non-Match Segments of Note:
  • Mujer a Mujer: NXT Women's Champion Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai exchanged words one final time, via interview, ahead of their clash. Raquel stated Kai was the last woman in the division to go through, and Kai promised to become the next women's champion.
  • Proposal: Following their match, Indi Hartwell proposed to Dexter Lumis, who accepted. The crowd ate up every bit of it, too.
  • Cruiserweight Championship Delayed: Malcolm Bivens cut a promo, assuring us that the Strong/Kushida match will happen. It was postponed tonight due to Kushida not passing a medical clearance.
  • Mano a Mano: NXT Champion Karrion Kross came face-to-face with challenger Samoa Joe. Joe called out Kross, who brought security with him. Both men threatened mutually-assured destruction. The crowd was hot with "where is Scarlett" and various other chants. Both men brawled brutally in the ring, outside it, and through the barricade to end our overrun and our show. 10:01-10:06pm EST.
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