NXT Takeover 31 results
North American Championship — Damian Priest (c) vs. Johnny Gargano: Gargano got in a lot of offense early, including a missile dropkick and flying senton with Priest wrapped up in the ropes. Priest eventually retained the momentum with a flatliner and the Broken Arrow, though two Razor’s Edge attempts were countered by Gargano. After missing a roundhouse kick, Priest was thrown into the post and brought outside, though he roundhoused Gargano in the shin to knock him off the ring apron before hitting the challenger with a Razor’s Edge onto the hardest part of the ring for a 2.7 count. Gargano and Priest traded counters with Gargano landing an impressive standing version of Sliced Bread, but he could only manage more near falls. Priest eventually managed to hit Gargano with South of Heaven but was unable to capitalize.
Gargano threw a couple security guards in his way as Priest missed a tope cannonball senton, low blowed the champion while the referee was distracted and hit a superkick back in the ring but was only able to manage a 2.9 count. Priest nearly submitted to the Gargano Escape but would not subdue. Gargano hit the champion with a barrage of superkicks, but while tussling over the ropes, Priest was able to overpower One Final Beat and hit Gargano with a draping version of The Reckoning for the 1-2-3. This concluded a tremendous opening match that set the tone for the evening. It was well-wrestled, included plenty of potential finishes and ultimately ended with the proper booking decision as Priest was elevated by taking down one of the top superstars in NXT history. Priest (c) def. Gargano via pinfall to retain the title — Grade: A-
Kushida vs. Velveteen Dream: Kushida attacked Dream before the bell as Dream entered dressed like Doc Brown from “Back to the Future,” a nod to Kushida’s Time Splitter gimmick. Though Kushida is a junior heavyweight, he was aggressive and hard-hitting the whole match, stomping Dream in the face and running his shoulder twice into the steel post before dropkicking his hand between the steel steps and the ring. An eye gouge, Dream Valley Driver and Purple Rainmaker looked to do Kushida in, but Dream was unable to capitalize due to his injured shoulder. As Dream looked for another elbow drop, Kushida locked him in the Hoverboard Lock on the top rope and slammed him to the canvas, maintaining the submission; when Dream found the ropes, Kushida rolled through. Then Dream looked to have broken the the submission with another DVD, but Kushida rolled through that, too, and maintained his finisher for the quick tap out and victory.
As his hand was being raised after the match, Kushida instead decided to attack Dream and apply an armbar with wrist action until they were separated by referees. There was never a dull moment in this match, and Kushida looked the strongest he has in NXT thus far. The storytelling of his newfound aggressiveness was clear, and the inventive finish plus the post-match attack was fantastic. Well done across the board. Kushida def. Velveteen Dream via submission — Grade: B
Cruiserweight Championship — Santos Escobar (c) vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott: Escobar was the clear aggressor and in control of the match early, hitting Swerve with a frankensteiner that stunned him. After some taunting from the champion, Swerve found his momentum with a roundhouse clothesline, jumping elbow from the middle rope, rolling flatliner and a DDT with Escobar squatting on the middle turnbuckle for a couple near falls. Just as Swerve was set to capitalize, Legado del Fantasma ran interference, shifting the momentum back to Escobar. Swerve then leaped from the middle rope and stunned Escobar with a huricanrana off the ring apron to the outside. Ashantee “Thee” Adonis ran in to help Swerve, but as Swerve attempted another rolling flatliner, Escobar caught him with a superkick. A Phantom Driver followed, but Swerve kicked out at 2.9 to the shock of everyone.
Escobar then hit Three Amigos, but Swerve avoided a sloppy frog splash. The challenger snapped back Escobar’s left arm with a stomp, hit House Call to the side of his head and then nailed a 450 splash — only for Escobar to kick out at 2.8 to his surprise. With both men fighting on the ring apron, Swerve was pushed backwards and hit his head on the ring post. Escobar immediately brought him back in for a double underhook shoulderbuster for the win. Though this was an incredible match, the random help from Adonis gave away the finish as it made it clear these two would likely be operating as a tag team. Still, the action was top-notch and Escobar won without cheating, which is always nice for a heel. Escobar (c) def. Swerve via pinfall to retain the title — Grade: A-
Women’s Championship — Io Shirai (c) vs. Candice LaRae: The action was fast and furious early with Shirai landing on her feet from a monkey flip and hitting a springboard Asai moonsault off the middle rope to the outside. LaRae focused on being aggressive, but Shirai answered with a stomp to the midsection, flapjack, 619 and springboard missile dropkick … only for a two count. Shirai then hit a double underhook backbreaker, but after her moonsault attempt was countered into a sit down powerbomb, she immediately responded with a meteora. LaRae then ate a German suplex, but she responded with a snap German, backstabber and lionsault for a 2.5 count. When LaRae was forced to break an extended Gargano Escape, she elbowed the referee and knocked him out. Shirai hit an Air Raid Crash, but LaRae got her feet up to block the moonsault and the referee got thrown from the ring.
LaRae took advantage of Shirai and hit her Wicked Stepsister finisher, but there was no referee to count so Johnny Gargano ran down with a referee shirt. He tried a fast count, but Shirai still kicked out before three. Gargano then stole the women’s title and brought it in the ring, but the referee came to and was distracted by Gargano’s arguing. This gave LaRae the opportunity to hit Shirai in the face with the title … but she surprisingly kicked out at 2.5, sending the married couple into a fit. Shirai drilled LaRae with a Spanish fly from the top rope and then nailed her moonsault for the 1-2-3. A title change here would have made all the sense in the world, and Shirai had two outs to drop it, so it was surprising to see a retention. Still, this thing kicked into high gear over the final third of the match, and Shirai looked incredibly strong overcoming all that adversity for the win. Shirai (c) def. LaRae via pinfall to retain the title — Grade: B+
Women’s rostergrows: After the match, NXT UK star Toni Storm appeared on the big screen, announcing that she would be joining the brand and going right after Shirai’s title. Moments later, NXT paid off the Call of Duty-style vignettes it had aired over the last two weeks with Ember Moon making her return to the brand coming off an extended absence from the ring due to injury. Moon looked like a “Mad Max” character, wearing a leather jacket with spikes as her hair was shaved into a mohawk.
NXT Championship — Finn Balor (c) vs. Kyle O’Reilly: Lots of technical wrestling and hard strikes early before the first big moment, a pair of double underhook suplexes and a double underhook DDT by O’Reilly. Balor and O’Reilly continued exchanging brutal strikes with O’Reilly taking a running turnbuckle to the chest lot of punishment in his ribs before taking Balor down with a suplex nearly on his neck. Balor dropped O’Reilly with a slingblade, but the challenger took Balor’s knee out on an attempted missile dropkick. O’Reilly began bleeding from the mouth and screamed as Balor locked him in a Sharpshooter, though he eventually got to the ropes. O’Reilly hit Balor with a ton of MMA strikes and a lariat, but Balor countered with a guillotine. Balor eventually hit his 1916 finisher, but O’Reilly kicked out at 2.8. The champion paused before going for his Coup de Grace, and O’Reilly was able to block it with a kick and then a dragon screw with Balor straddling the top rope and then the middle rope. O’Reilly worked on Balor’s left knee all match, hitting a knee dive from the middle rope and then knocking Balor in a heel hook that nearly resulted in a submission.
Balor ducked away from continued onslaught by O’Reilly and caught the challenger with two stomps to the chest as the champion began to gush blood from the mouth. In a bit of a slow finish, Balor climbed to the top rope and hit his Coup de Grace for the 1-2-3. Balor refused to allow the referee to raise his arm as he limped and continued bleeding from the mouth as he stared O’Reilly down in a mixture of anger, shock and respect. Balor eventually offered a hand, lifting O’Reilly up. This match absolutely ruled. It was hard-hitting, violent and filled with fast-paced action. Balor was cemented as a strong champion, and O’Reilly proved to be far more than one half of a tag team. If the finish had been a bit smoother, this may have reached perfection. Balor (c) def. O’Reilly via pinfall to retain the title — Grade: A
Surprise attack: Out of nowhere, Ridge Holland appeared over the barricade with Adam Cole over his shoulder and dumped Cole into the ringside area. Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish ran down acting like they did not know what was happening, asking if anyone saw what happened as NXT TakeOver went off the air.
Kelechi Iheanacho Sends Leicester To First FA Cup Final Since 1969
Leicester City book their place in the FA Cup final against Chelsea as Kelechi Iheanacho’s second-half strike seals Wembley win over Southampton
Leicester City have reached their first FA Cup final since 1969 after Kelechi Iheanacho’s strike saw off Southampton at Wembley.
The striker converted from close range in the 55th minute after good work from Jamie Vardy set him up during a counter attack.
It is the fifth time the Foxes have reached the FA Cup final and they will now face Chelsea next month after the Blues defeated Manchester City in the other semi-final on Saturday.
Iheanacho’s strike was the 14th he has scored in this competition since 2015 and no player – not Sergio Aguero or Harry Kane – has scored more FA Cup goals during that time. The cup has become his playground.
David de Gea ‘could leave Manchester United on loan’
The 30-year-old was between the sticks for his team’s Europa League clash with Granada on Thursday night but appears to have dropped behind Dean Henderson in the pecking order at Old Trafford.
Henderson is expected to start Sunday’s Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur, with De Gea set to drop back down to the bench.
The Spain international has recently been linked with a move away from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side, but he still has more than two years left to run on a lucrative contract at Old Trafford.
According to ESPN, Man United are unlikely to find a buyer for De Gea in the upcoming market and could therefore decide to loan him out for the 2021-22 season.
The former Atletico Madrid youngster has made 435 appearances for the 20-time English champions in all competitions, including 30 outings during the current campaign
NXT takeover stand and deliver results 7th April 2021
NXT takeover stand and deliver results 7th April 2021
Here are the results for the NXT takeover pay per view
Zoey Stark vs. Toni Storm (Pre-show): Stark continued to impress as she has in a series of matches with stop stars, hitting some nice early moves, including a good-looking springboard missile dropkick. Storm took over the match after the strong start, using some power offense with snap suplexes and a body slam, but before she could capitalize, Stark hit a superplex from the second rope to start a comeback. A half-nelson suplex set up a running knee for the first convincing near fall of the match. Stark continued to keep up the pressure until Storm hit a series of German suplexes before going for Storm Zero, which was countered awkwardly by Stark into a small package for the victory. (NXT takeover)
Pete Dunne vs. Kushida: An exchange of submission attempts opened the match as both men were attempting to establish their technical superiority early. Kushida had a small edge in the grappling until the action spilled outside where Dunne hit an X-plex onto the ring apron. Dunne brutally went after the arm of Kushida for a brief run, but Kushida fired up and ran the length of the entrance ramp for a kick. After an exchange of strikes, Dunne went back to work on the arm — and the fingers — of Kushida.
The action continued to flow back and forth, with Dunne’s aggression being met by Kushida blow-for-blow. Kushida hit a superplex while holding his Hoverboard Lock, switching to an armbar, but Dunne managed to get a foot on the ropes for a break. Kushida continued going for Dunne’s arms, locking in another Hoverboard Lock and then switching arms with the hold when Dunne reached the ropes. Dunne went back to the fingers, softening up Kushida for a kick to the head and Bitter End to bring the match to a close.
Leon Ruff vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Bronson Reed vs. Cameron Grimes vs. Dexter Lumis vs. LA Knight (Gauntlet Eliminator for North American championship opportunity): Scott jumped Ruff before the match, getting off to an early advantage when they were the first two men in. Ruff eventually hit a cutter on Scott, springboarding off the announce table to hit the move. That wasn’t enough to keep Scott down, as he continued to blitz Ruff with big moves until Ruff countered a top rope powerbomb into a rana before Reed entered the match. Reed ran wild until hitting a double-German suplex on Scott and Ruff. Grimes came into the match and paid off Scott to help him go at the other competitors. During Lumis’ entrance, Scott was able to quickly pin Ruff to take him out of the match. Lumis delivered suplex after suplex until running into Reed with the two big men exchanging strikes and neither getting the upper hand. Knight made his entrance as the final man into the match and soon pinned Lumis as Lumis had Grimes locked in Silence. Reed eliminated Knight moments later after a senton, leaving Scott, Reed and Grimes as the final three in the match. (NXT takeover)
Grimes and Scott teamed up against Reed, but Reed shrugged off strikes from both men until the temporary alliance fell apart and Scott rolled up Grimes with a handful of tights — reversing Grimes’ own attempt to grab Scott’s tights in a pin — for the elimination. Reed went to the top rope, but Scott caught him with a kick and then slammed Reed from the top rope onto the ring apron. Scott followed up with a 450 splash for a near fall. Reed fired up through a trio of House Call kicks from Scott before hitting Tsunami for the victory.
NXT UK Championship — WALTER (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa: Ciampa looked to try to neutralize WALTER’s strength with speed early but eventually snapped and blitzed WALTER with a flurry of strikes. That only served to anger the champion, leading him to deliver a series of titanic chops. WALTER tried to deliver another chop as Ciampa was leaned on the announce table, but Ciampa moved out of the way, causing WALTER to chop through a portion of the table. Ciampa tried to take advantage of the now-injured hand of WALTER but ran into a big boot. When WALTER had trouble locking in submissions due to not being able to use any strength in his grip, he resorted to delivering more big kicks to the face of Ciampa. Ciampa delivered clothesline after clothesline, trying to take WALTER off his feet, sending the champion stumbling before falling into the ropes where Ciampa’s clotheslines continued until WALTER delivered a chop. Ciampa came right back with yet another clothesline, finally driving WALTER to the mat. After another flurry of offense, Ciampa hit the Fairy Tale Ending for a near fall.
WALTER came back with an attempt at a choke before a German suplex and lariat for a two count of his own. Ciampa continued his incredible performance, blasting WALTER with strikes and forcing the big man to turtle up. Another strike exchange followed shortly after before WALTER focused in on the neck of Ciampa with a series of stomps and powerbombs, again resulting in a near fall. Walter hit another suplex and a big chop, this time putting Ciampa down for the three count, retaining his title. (NXT takeover)
Tag Team Championship — MSK vs. Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Legado Del Fantasma: This match was for the vacant title. Pure fire from the jump with everyone in the match flying around the ring at full speed. Every team in the match got early spots to shit, with Grizzled Young Veterans taking the early action before MSK took over and Legado del Fantasma finally took control with simultaneous dives and then a pair of Van Terminators (without the chair) on Nash Carter for a near fall. Legado continued their run of control by continuing to take the fight to Carter until he finally made a tag to Wes Lee, who took out all four men on the other teams before a huge dive and a series of backflips into a Pele kick to the back of James Drake’s head. (NXT takeover)
Zack Gibson finally involved himself to take out Lee, holding his hand inside the turnbuckle pad so Drake could deliver a dropkick to the already inured hand. Gibson locked up Lee’s hand and Lee was ready to tap until Carter was able to crawl through a Drake choke to grab his partner’s hand. Things broke down to GYV vs. MSK, with Lee hitting a double cutter and then a twisting blockbuster while Carter had Gibson lifted up to score the win and take home the titles.
Women’s Championship — Io Shirai (c) vs. Raquel Gonzalez: Gonzalez used her power early, forcing Shirai to have to resort to slick defensive maneuvers and quickness, hitting a rana and then taking the fight to Gonzalez in the corner. Gonzalez caught a Shirai stomp and tried to reverse the momentum but found herself on the outside, getting knocked to the floor after a Shirai asai moonsault. Gonzalez was finally able to slow down the champ by driving her into the ring post before going back to the ring where she began to toss Shirai around the ring.
Every time it seemed Gonzalez had Shirai on the defensive, the champion would find a way to counter and launch into her own high impact offense, including a Code Red for a near fall. Gonzalez caught Shirai on the top rope and tried to walk her to the center of the ring for a chokeslam, but Shirai managed to counter and roll into a crossface, forcing Gonzalez to crawl to the ropes for the escape. Shirai followed up with a moonsault from the top rope onto the entrance ramp. Shirai wandered out of the ring area before appearing on top of the giant skull that made up the set background on the ramp, hitting a diving crossbody onto Gonzalez. (NXT takeover)
Gonzalez refused to stay down, coming back to hit a chokeslam outside the ring and throwing the champion in for a near fall. Moments later, Gonzalez managed to hit a big lariat and then another chokeslam to score the pinfall and win the belt.