Welcome to our live coverage of the weekly WWE NXT on USA Network show.
We will be providing live results coverage of the WWE black-and-gold brand program as the road to the NXT TakeOver; Stand & Deliver special event continues on this week's show.
Featured below are complete WWE NXT results for Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
WWE NXT RESULTS (3/31/2021)
As the Wednesday, March 31, 2021 edition of WWE NXT kicks off on the USA Network, we are welcomed to the WWE Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida as the clock hits 8:00 p.m. EST time! We are reminded that this is the WWE NXT go-home edition for the NXT “Takeover: Stand and Deliver” pay-per-view as we head into a video package.
Video Package - NXT Takeover: Stand and Deliver
As the video package begins, we get a highlight promo for the upcoming big two-night pay-per-view event as the match card is run down for the show! The video package comes to an end as we head into the WWE Capitol Wrestling Center to officially begin the show!
We enter the WWE Capitol Wrestling Center arena in Orlando, Florida following the video package for NXT Takeover: Stand and Deliver which is coming up this weekend on the WWE Network! The commentary team of Vic Joseph, Wade Barrett, and WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix officially welcome us as the fans in the crowd chant, "NXT! NXT!".
Cameron Grimes vs. Roderick Strong
As we head to the ring, we are ready to get things going with the first match-up of the evening as our first contender makes his way out. The entrance theme for Roderick Strong sounds as the former Undisputed Era member makes his way to the stage, then heads down to the ring where he awaits his opponent for tonight's first match.
We head into a video of last week's backstage segment, which highlights the events leading up to tonight's match. Next the entrance theme for Cameron Grimes sounds in the Capitol Wrestling Center arena as Grimes makes his way to the stage, the crowd gives a mixed reaction of cheers and "boo's" as Grimes makes his way down the ramp and enters the ring with Strong. As Grimes enters the ring, he grabs the microphone and states he is still interested in purchasing the intellectual property of The Undisputed Era. Grimes states that he and Strong can keep the name going to make lots of money.
At this point Grimes starts to show Roderick the "new" Undisputed Era t-shirt that Grimes had specifically made "Grimes The System"... the crowd immediately reacts negatively with a roaring, "BOOO!". Grimes even has a new entrance theme played for "Grimes The System" , but Strong clearly doesn't approve and has heard enough from Grimes! At this point Strong exits the ring and proceeds to unload punches on Grimes as they bring it down the ramp and in to the ring.
This leads to the referee standing in the center of the ring where he officially signals for the bell. The bell rings and the match is officially underway! To start the official action, Strong continues to keep control over Grimes as he heads into a Spinebuster that takes Grimes to the canvas inside the ring. Strong continues to work Grimes over inside the ring from corner to corner until finally Grimes counters with a Back Elbow out of nowhere!
Grimes continues to maintain the offense as he takes down Strong with a Front Face-Lock that keeps control in Grimey's hands. Strong struggles momentarily until finally he is able to land a blow to Grimes in the corner of the ring. Strong is free momentarily but Grimes continues to look for the upper hand in the match. At one point, Grimes even scratches at Strong's face as he powers Strong into the corner of the ring once again. This leads to Grimes beating Strong down in the corner as he proceeds to talk trash to Strong! Not willing to give in to Grimes, Strong fights back and finally nails a Big Chop on Grimes.
Grimes falls to his knees at this point and Strong looks to gain control of the match as he keeps Grimes grounded and talks some trash of his own! A worn out Grimes looks for a way out as he pulls Strong into the turnbuckles for a save for himself. Strong drops to the canvas as Grimes follows up with a Big Chop after landing a Kick to Strong in the corner of the ring. Strong quickly counters with a Chop of his own to Grimes. Grimes once again grabs at Strong's face as the referee once again warns Grimes. Strong then proceeds with the match as he lands a Dropkick to Grimes in the center of the ring.
Strong goes for a Clothesline that sends Grimes over the top rope and Grimes spills out to the floor at ringside. At this point Strong runs the ropes and follows up with a Dropkick through the ropes to Grimes. The crowd pops! Next Strong lands several more chops to Grimes as he makes his way out to ringside, following Grimes. The referee begins the count out. Strong beats Grimes down against the barrier. Strong is momentarily distracted by somebody in the audience as Grimes takes advantage of the moment and quickly takes Strong down as he sends Strong into the barrier. Grimes brings Strong back into the ring as we head to commercial break!
As we return from the first commercial break of the evening, we see Grimes has maintained control through the break as the match continues inside the ring. Suddenly Strong lands a Clothesline as he looks to regain offense. Grimes immediately shuts Strong down as he takes Strong to the canvas and goes for the cover. Strong kicks out for a close 2 count, the match continues. Strong continues to power up as he looks to make a come back in the match. At this point the two trade strikes for some back and forth action inside the ring.
Next Strong lands a Chop to Grimes in the corner of the ring as he takes Grimes to the top turnbuckle. Strong climbs up to meet Grimes at the top as he goes for a Superplex. Strong lands it successfully and Strong quickly goes for the cover. Grimes kicks out just in time. Strong continues to land several big Strikes on Grimes until we see Grimes catching Strong mid-air with the Big Crossbody Collider as Grimes again goes for the cover. Strong is luckily able to kick out at the two, continuing the match.
Both men make their way back to their feet as Strong successfully hits the Olympic Slam out of nowhere! Grimes is down! Grimes suddenly pulls an Undisputed Era wristband from his ring attire and drops it for Strong to see, Strong stops momentarily to stare at the wristband which gives Grimes the upper hand as he uses the distraction to his advantage as Grimes quickly delivers the Cave In Stomp for the three count pin to win the first match up of the evening!!
Winner: Cameron Grimes
After the Match
Immediately following the first match, we see the fans are none too pleased with Grimes winning, though Grimes is happily celebrating inside the ring. We see Strong make his exit as we head into replays from the match-up.
Video Clip - Karrion Kross
Following the match, the commentary team of Vic Joseph, Wade Barrett, and Beth Phoenix discuss the match before sending us into a video clip highlighting Karrion Kross who is currently training for the match he has coming up against the current reigning NXT Champion, Finn Balor which is set to take place at Takeover: Stand and Deliver". Kross discusses going back to the basics, and how he plans to take care of Balor and win the NXT Title. We see Kross's girlfriend, Scarlett Boudreaux who is also there with Kross. They both hype up the match and send a “Tick, Tock…’ warning to Balor sending us into the next commercial!
Video Package - NXT UK Champion WALTER
As we return from the commercial break, we immediately head into a video package that highlights the current reigning NXT UK Champion WALTER. WALTER cuts a promo to hype his upcoming NXT TakeOver Stand and Deliver match against Tommaso Ciampa.
WALTER continues on to state that Ciampa is now nothing more than a shell of what he once was. He then adds that his own commitment to this sport is un-reachable by any other competitor. WALTER then states that he respects this sport like no one else, and that at Takeover: Stand and Deliver, he will prove it. He’s finishes by declaring that he is going to prove once and for all what it means when he says, "the mat is sacred."
As WALTER's video promo ends, we return to the announcer's table where the commentary team of Vic Joseph, Wade Barrett, and Beth Phoenix discuss how WWE NXT will be moving to Tuesday nights on the USA Network, beginning Tuesday, April 13. Before sending things back over to the ring, they also promote WWE's WrestleMania 37 pay-per-view which will air on Peacock and the WWE Network.
In-Ring - Legado Del Fantasma
As we return to the ring, we watch Legado Del Fantasma make their way out to the ring as the current NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar accompanied by his Legado Del Fantasma teammates Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde all make their way into the ring. To start, Escobar takes the microphone and begins as he states how he wants to issue an "open challenge" on tonight's edition of NXT.
Escobar continues by adding he wants to show fellow NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin what he’s gotten into. Escobar then says that he was "born a champion". He then adds that that's what makes him different from Devlin as a competitor. Escobar then continues on to state he alone represents over a hundred years of Lucha Libre tradition.
It is clear that the fans do not agree with anything Escobar is saying as they "Boo" over his statement, but Escobar goes on to say the cruiserweight division will belong to him as long as he wants it to. He adds that both blood and tradition state he is the best cruiserweight in the history of NXT. As Escobar begins to hype himself in Spanish, the entrance music for Tyler Breeze interrupts him and Tyler Breeze makes his way out.
Tyler Breeze Interrupts
As his entrance theme plays him out, Tyler Breeze makes his way to the stage. Breeze gets on the mic and begins as he states that Escobar thinks the division is his because he’s entitled. Breeze continues on to state that he personally has worked his ass off to get where he is right now! With that, Breeze accepts Escobar's "open challenge". Escobar gets ready for the match as Breeze walks down the ramp.
NXT Cruiserweight Title Match
Tyler Breeze vs. Santos Escobar
NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar begins to prepare for his impromtu "open challenge" match as his opponent Tyler Breeze makes his way down the ramp and enters the ring after accepting the challenge. The referee stands in the center of the ring as the remaining two members of Legado Del Fantasma exit the ring and stand in Escobar's corner as the referee signals for the bell. The bell rings and this title match is officially underway!
To kick off the action in this match-up, Santos Escobar delivers the first official strike of the match as he lands a Kick that connects to Tyler Breeze inside the ring. Next, Escobar takes the action into the corner of the ring where he proceeds to unload on Breeze. Breeze is taken down to the canvas as the fans in the audience begin to "Boo" Escobar.
Escobar continues to Stomp Breeze in the corner of the ring as he talks trash to Breeze until finally the referee issues a warning for Escobar to cool it. Escobar steps back momentarily and then heads right back in with a Running Basement Dropkick in the corner. Escobar then follows up with a hold on Breeze in the center of the ring. Breeze is able to manuever his way out of Escobar's hold as he counters with a Dropkick to Escobar.
Breeze continues with the offense at this point, keeping Escobar grounded inside the ring as Wilde and Mendoza of Legado Del Fantasma look on from Escobar's corner at ringside. Next Breeze knocks Escobar to the floor at on the outside of the ring, which Breeze follows Escobar out to ringside to bring the match back into the ring. As Breeze re-enters the ring, Escobar quickly regains control as he levels Breeze with a Clothesline.
Escobar continues the offense with a big Dropkick that leads into a cover. Breeze is able to kick out at the two count, continuing the match. Breeze looks for the come up as he quickly turns things around in the match as he proceeds to wrap Escobar’s leg around the ring post. This causes Wilde to charge towards Breeze, but Breeze is expecting this and lands a Superkick to Wilde on the outside of the ring.
Breeze follows up by taking out Mendoza as well, sending Mendoza into the ring post at ringside as well. Escobar tries to take advantage through the ropes from the ring but Breeze is too quick and takes out Escobar again as we head to commercial break!
As we return from the commercial break, we see Escobar is once again in control of the match as Breeze continues to take shots to the knees by Escobar. Next we see Escobar in the corner as he continues to mantain control over Breeze, the referee begins to count. This forces Escobar to back off. Escobar returns right after as he delivers a big High Knee for another pin attempt. Escobar ends up rolling Breeze into a Surfboard Submission attempt.
Breeze finally breaks free from the submission attempt and both competitors make their way back to their feet for some more back and forth action. Next, Escobar slaps Breeze as he talks trash to Breeze in the corner of the ring. Escobar follows up with a Big Chop. Breeze finally counters with a comeback attempt as he nails a Hurricanrana takedown on Escobar followed by multiple strikes. Breeze follows up with a block to Escobar's submission attempt.
Breeze keeps going and hits a flying splash in the corner. Escobar turns it around but Breeze catches him with a Spinebuster. Next we watch as Breeze looks for the Sharpshooter in the center of the ring. Breeze successfully locks it in. Escobar struggles momentarily but finally finds a way to break the hold. It is clear he is hurting after that!
Breeze looks for his Unprettier finisher, but Escobar quickly evades and counters with a Dropkick to the face of Breeze. Escobar then finishes things up with the Phantom Driver in the middle of the ring for the pin to retain.
Winner and STILL NXT Cruiserweight Champion: Santos Escobar
– After the Match
Immediately following the match we see that both remaining members of Legado Del Fantasma, Wilde and Mendoza, hold Breeze for some triple team action when suddenly the entrance theme for MSK sounds in the Capitol Wrestling Center arena!
MSK Interrupts Attack On Breeze
MSK comes out and the crowd pops! Wes Lee and Nash Carter quickly make their way down the ramp and rush into the ring... but Legado del Fantasma exits before anything happens.
Jumbotron - The Grizzled Young Veterans
With Breeze and MSK inside the ring and Legado Del Fantasma making their exit, we suddenly see The Grizzled Young Veterans as they appear on the big screen above the stage. They knock MSK and Legado del Fantasma being distracted by any and everything while they are laser focused and will be the next NXT Tag Team Champions at Takeover: Stand and Deliver when they win the vacant titles.
With that, The Grizzled Young Veterans disappear off the screen above the ramp as MSK and Legado Del Fantasma both begin to talk trash from their spots in the ring and on the ramp alike.
Backstage Interview - The Way
Next we head backstage where interviewer Sarah Schreiber is standing with the members of The Way. We see the current reigning NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano who is clearly upset about how his Takeover opponent will be determined. Gargano complains that it will give him very short notice to prepare.
Gargano continues on to state that NXT General Manager William Regal is once again showing how he’s unfit to run NXT. At this point Gargano turns to fellow The Way member, Austin Theory, as he asks him why he’s trying to get in the title match. Theory brings up the infamous Finger Poke of Doom from WCW and Gargano says that killed the business.
Theory counters as he states that the business is still here. Gargano changes his mind and is up for the idea now. After that, both Gargano's wife, Candice LeRae and her tag-team partner Indi Hartwell hype their upcoming women's tag-team match set to take place later tonight. LeRae says they’re going to show Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart "how champions do it." With that, we head to commercial break.
Video Clip - Raquel Gonzalez and Io Shirai
As we return from the commercial break, we are sent into a video clip that highlights last week's NXT where Raquel Gonzalez laid out the current reigning NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai. After that we are shown the post-show comments from Io Shirai on how dominant Gonzalez is, saying that’s why she picked her for her next title defense.
The Way vs. Gigi Dolin and Zada Ramir
As the video comes to an end, we return to the ring inside the WWE Capitol Wrestling Center arena as the entrance theme for The Way sounds over the speakers and we watch Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell make their way to the stage. Next they head down the ramp and enter the ring where their opponents are already waiting. Gigi Dolin and Zada Ramir are ready for action. The referee signals for the bell. The bell rings and this tag-team match up is officially underway!
To officially start off the action, we see Indi Hartwell in for her team and Dolin is in for her team as the match begins with the two meeting in the center of the ring as the begin to lock up. The two continue to tangle back and forth. Dolin mounts some offense as she delivers a Big Kick to Hartwell. Next we see Dolin go for a Running Kick which Hartwell evades as she quickly follows up by dropping Dolin into the top turnbuckle.
Hartwell quickly follows up with a Sidewalk Slam for the cover. A kick out at two and the match continues on with both women making their way back to their feet. Hartwell again strikes Dolin before making the tag to her partner, Candice LeRae. We see Dolin begin to crawl across the ring to make the tag to her partner as well, but Hartwell immediately tags back in and grabs Dolin before she can make the tag!
Finally Dolin makes her way to her corner and successfully tags Ramir in. To start the action, Zada runs wild on Hartwell as she enters the ring. She quickly lands a Running Clothesline to Hartwell in the corner of the ring. Next we see Zada drop Hartwell with an Enziguri for the cover. Hartwell is able to kick out with a close 2 count. We get more back and forth action to continue the match. Finally Hartwell lands a Spinebuster.
Hartwell makes her way over to her corner as LeRae tags in and runs to knock Dolin off the apron. Zada sees LeRae running up and quickly takes advantage as she rolls LeRae for a quick pin attempt. LeRae kicks out at the 2 count. LeRae follows up with a Superkick. At this point we see Hartwell tags back in as LeRae hits the Wicked Stepsister on Zada. Hartwell follows up with the Big Flying Elbow Drop on her opponent for the three count pin and win victory for The Way!
Winners: The Way
After the Match
Immediately following the match we see the victors, LeRae and Hartwell stand tall as their music hits the speakers in the Capitol Wrestling Center arena as we head into the highlights from the match.
As we return from the highlights, LeRae has a microphone in hand as she proceeds to cut a promo to the women in the locker room. LeRae begins by discussing how the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart's current titles are theirs, and they will take them at Takeover.
Shotzi Blackheart Interrupts
As her name is called, we hear the entrance theme for Blackheart sound in the arena as Shotzi makes her way out on her mini tank accompanied by her tag-team partner, Ember Moon who is riding along with Blackheart. At this point Blackheart and Moon proceed to deliver a promo of their own back at LeRae and Hartwell. Blackheart then accepts the match for Takeover.
Immediately following her acceptance of the match, Shotzi fires her projectile at The Way before driving off in the tank as their music hits once again.
Backstage - Zoey Stark
As we head backstage, we see Zoey Stark walking the halls. We also see Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai walking down a different hallway. Finally we see NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai as she proceeds to come up to Gonzalez and quickly attacks her. The two begin to brawl as NXT officials attempt to break the two up. Gonzalez slams Shirai face-first into a production case. Officials back Gonzalez off as they check on Shirai.
As we head to commercial break, we once again see this random dog as it enters the Capitol Wrestling Center. Commentary member Beth Phoenix asks, "what’s with the dog?"
Backstage - Roderick Strong
As we return from the commercial break, Sarah Schreiber stops Roderick Strong in the back. He’s disappointed and is leaving the building. She asks Strong about the Battle Royal but he declares that he doesn’t care, he’s leaving. That's that!
Zoey Stark vs. Raquel Gonzalez
As we return to the ring, we prepare for the next match up of the evening as the entrance theme sounds for Zoey Stark first, Stark makes her way out to the stage. Stark then heads down the ramp and enters the ring as she awaits her opponent. Out next is Raquel Gonzalez who is accompanied by her friend and partner, Dakota Kai. Gonzalez makes her way down the ramp with Kai, and Gonzalez enters the ring alone with her opponent, Stark.
The referee stands in the center of the ring and signals for the bell. The bell rings and the match up is officially underway! To start off the action, we see Gonzalez strike first as she follows up by mounting some offense in the corner of the ring. Stark attempts to fight back and ends up taking Gonzalez down with a Hurricanrana. We see Start continue to keep control until finally Gonzalez sends her to the apron.
Stark does her best to fight back into the ring where she quickly lands a Dropkick on Gonzalez, sending her into the turnbuckles. Stark heads up top for a high flying move, but Gonzalez catches Stark mid-air and plants her face-first in the center of the ring for a cover. Stark is able to kick out at the 2 count and the match continues on. Both women back to their feet and Gonzalez continues to talk some trash to Stark.
Next, Gonzalez drops a series of Elbows for another pinfall attempt. Again Stark is able to get free and kick out at the 2 count. As the match continues, Gonzalez grounds Stark until finally Stark turns it around in the corner and delivers high knees to the jaw of Gonzalez. Gonzalez steps back and then as she charges Stark, Stark quickly follows up by dropping Gonzalez over the top rope, sending Gonzalez out to ringside.
Stark then tries to immediately follow up with a move over the top rope to the outside onto Gonzalez who is waiting there and catches Stark and then rams Stark in to the post. Stark counters until Kai quickly makes her way over and attacks Stark. Stark immediately fights back. Kai is sent to the floor at ringside by Stark. At this point Stark brings Gonzalez back into the ring where she proceeds to unload on her with strikes. Stark then follows up with a Running Knee Strike to Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is able to kick out at the two and the match continues. Next Stark heads up to the top once again, Gonzalez quickly makes her way over to the corner and meets Stark at the top turnbuckle. Gonzalez overpowers Stark but Stark still leaps off the top with a Super Neckbreaker for a cover. Gonzalez kicks out at the two and the match continues.
Finally we see Gonzalez hit a One-Arm Chokeslam on Stark for the three count pin and win!
Winner: Raquel Gonzalez
After the Match
Immediately following the match, we see Gonzalez stand tall as we head into the highlights from the match.
NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai Interrupts
As Gonzalez is celebrating her victory, we see the current NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai quickly run down the ramp out of nowhere as she proceeds to unloads on Gonzalez, sending her to the floor.
NXT Officials attempt to break up the brawl. Shirai continues to keep control until Gonzalez grabs her and launches her into part of the set. Shirai lands hard and officials check on her. Gonzalez, clutching her neck, and then proceeds to head to the stage with Dakota Kai.
We are reminded that still to come, a Prime Target preview for Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly.
The Dog... Again??
As we head to commercial break, we see yet another video of the dog running through the WWE Performance Center. At that, we head to commercial break.
Backstage - Kushida
As we return from the commercial break, we head backstage where we see McKenzie Mitchell who is currently backstage with Kushida. The two are discussing tonight’s Battle Royal and potential Takeover title shot. Kushida is interrupted by Pete Dunne. The two have words until finally they face off to hype tonight’s main event.
Video - Prime Target
Next we head into a Prime Target preview video for the Unsanctioned Match between Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly during Night Two of the “Takeover: Stand and Deliver” event. The full Prime Target video will be on the WWE Network tomorrow.
Kayden Carter and Kacy Catanzaro vs. Tian Sha
After the video, we return to the ring as we get the entrance theme for Kayden Carter as we see Carter and her tag-team partner, Kacy Catanzaro make their way down the ramp and enter the ring as we head to commercial break, this match next!
As we return from the commercial break, we go back to the ring as Carter and Catanzaro wait for their opponents. Out next comes Tian Sha – Xia Li and Mei Ying with Boa. We see Ying sitting on her throne on the stage. Boa and Li are on each side. Boa and Li walk down to the bottom of the ramp. Boa removes Li’s headdress and she does a quick performance with a sword. Li heads into the ring by herself and poses.
With the competitors ready to start the match, the referee heads to the center of the ring and signals for the bell. The bell rings and the match is officially underway! To start the action, we see Kacy who is in for her team, as she begins by charging towards her opponent, but Li quickly takes her down. This was supposed to be a tag team match but Li is in the ring by herself.
Next Kacy jumps on Li's back and fights her but Li slams her right to the mat. Carter tags in and dropkicks Li. Carter takes Li to the corner and kicks away. Li catches a kick but Carter rocks her. Kacy tags back in and unloads with strikes. Li takes them and in comes Carter for more fast offense. She takes most of the shots and blocks some. Kacy with another quick tag and a running clothesline to finally drop Li.
Next we watch as Kacy flips onto Li's back for a pinfall attempt. The referee counts but Li is able to kick out for the two count and quickly exits the ring to regroup. Kacy quickly follows Li out to ringside, but Li follows up by ramming Kacy back into the edge of the apron, then launches her into the barrier. Li brings Kacy back in the ring at this point as she looks for a Suplex. Kacy counters.
At this point we see Kacy begin to taunt both Ying and Boa. She walks up to Ying talking trash but Ying grabs her by the throat as fans boo. Kayden starts gasping for air and finally fades out as Ying blows some kind of smoke in her face, then tosses her to the ground as the boos continue. Ying sits back down on her throne. Back in the ring, Kacy kicks Li’s leg out but then runs into a jumping knee to the jaw from Li.
Finally, Li follows up with a big kick for the pin to win.
Winner: Xia Li
After the match
Immediately following the mathc, Li stands tall as the music hits and we go to replays. Li stands with Boa and Ying on the stage now. Kayden is still laid out at their feet.
Backstage - Raquel Gonzalez
We head backstage where McKenzie Mitchell is with Raquel Gonzalez. Mitchell asks about the current reigning 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.
That Freakin' Dog!
Next we head into a video that shows the dog running... again! Only 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!
On that note, we head to commercial break!
Promo - Tommaso Ciampa
As we return from the commercial break, we head into a pre-recorded promo with Tommaso Ciampa as he warns the current NXT UK Champion WALTER as he says the necklace he stomped last week was given to him by his wife and kid, but WALTER didn’t know that.
Ciampa continues on about how he always hears people saying he’s changed, he’s not the same he used to be. Ciampa says maybe he has changed in some ways but then again he hears all of his supporters, he sees them and feels them, and at Takeover, they’ve got to remind the world. He’s going to chase the dragon at Takeover, climb to the top of his mountain, look him in the eye and chop his damn head off.
Ciampa states if WALTER wants to know if Blackheart still lives, if the Psycho Killer still lives, then he will get his answer in 7 days and it will cost him the title. Ciampa tells WALTER it’s a long, long fall from the top, so buckle up. On that note, Ciampa exits.
Promo - NXT Champion Finn Balor
Next we head into a pre-recorded promo highlighting the current reigning NXT Champion, The Prince Finn Balor. Balor starts by saying that while we see him training at the WWE Performance Center. Balor says he doesn’t gas out and Karrion Kross may try to dictate the pace of their match, but that’s fine because the longer it goes, the better for him. Balor warns Kross that there will be no fairy tale ending at Takeover because he will leave still as champion.
11-Man Battle Royal to Determine Gauntlet Eliminator Participants
Jake Atlas, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Leon Ruff, Austin Theory, Dexter Lumis, Tyler Rust, Kushida, Cameron Grimes, Pete Dunne, Bronson Reed, LA Knight
We return to the ring and Vic Joseph and Wade Barrett are standing in the ring now, going over the rules for tonight’s main event match-up as we are ready to get things going. We are informed that it is now an 11-man match as Roderick Strong left the building. The final 6 competitors will make it to the Takeover Night One Gauntlet Eliminator match.
They continue on to state that tonight’s order of elimination will determine their Gauntlet entries, and the winner of the Battle Royal will enter the Gauntlet Eliminator last. The winner of the Gauntlet Eliminator at Takeover Night One will advance to Night Two to challenge NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano.
On that note, we get the entrance theme for our first contestant as Isaiah “Swerve” Scott as his entrance theme sounds. As Scott makes his way out, he's attacked out of nowhere by Leon Ruff at ringside. The two proceed to brawl and bring it int he ring. Ruff keeps control and sends Swerve to the floor. Ruff runs and goes to leap out but Swerve retreats to the other side of the announce table. Ruff puts the brakes on in the ring and stands tall as we head to commercial break!
As we return from the commercial break we see Pete Dunne is out as well. The ring is full of everyone else. As the bell rings the match is officially underway and everyone goes at it as we notice Dexter Lumis watching from the corner of the ring. 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 our final commercial break of the evening!
As we return from the commercial break, we see the final 6 going to Takeover are Reed, Grimes, Ruff, Swerve, Knight and Lumis. Lumis is still watching from a corner. Reed and Grimes continue to go at it inside the ring. Ruff and Swerve are in action as well. 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. Finally, 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.
Then we see Grimes get decked, this immediately sends 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
Following the match, we see Knight stand 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.
Io Shirai Interrupts
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.
That's the show!
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