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Wednesday NXT results November 18th 2020

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Wednesday NXT results November 18th 2020

NXT North American Championship Leon Ruff vs Jonny Gargano

Ruff backs into the corner and the referee checks on him. The bell hits and here we go. Gargano immediately rams Ruff back into the corner with thrusts.

Gargano keeps control and takes it back to the corner for big chops. Ruff fights back from the corner and unloads with lefts and rights. Gargano cuts him off but runs into a big boot in the corner. Ruff springboards in and avoids counter attempts. Gargano catches him but Ruff avoids a back suplex. Ruff uses his speed again and kicks Gargano in the face. Ruff with more springboards and a scissors takedown for a pop. Ruff keeps going and dropkicks Gargano to the floor. (Wednesday NXT)

Ruff runs the ropes and leaps out, taking Gargano back down on the floor. Ruff brings it back in the ring and goes for the crucifix pin but it’s blocked. Gargano levels Ruff with a clothesline in the middle of the ring. Gargano scoops Ruff and torpedo’s him into the turnbuckles across the ring. Gargano scoops Ruff again and launches him like a lawn dart again. The referee checks on Ruff but he’s staying in. Gargano waits for Ruff to get back up.

Priest suddenly appears on the stage, taunting Gargano. Gargano yells at him to get out of here. Ruff rolls Gargano from behind for a 2 count. Ruff counters an attack and clotheslines Gargano. Ruff goes to the top but misses a big senton as Gargano moves. Gargano superkicks Ruff in the jaw. Gargano with a powerbomb as Priest looks on concerned. Gargano hits the One Final Beat DDT from the apron but Priest makes the save by pulling Ruff out of the ring. Priest tells Ruff, “Sorry, kid,” and then rocks him in the face with a big right hand. Ruff is knocked out at ringside now. The referee calls the match and Ruff retains. (Wednesday NXT)

Winner by DQ: Leon Ruff

 

 

Blindfold Match: Cameron Grimes vs. Dexter Lumis

 

Grimes takes off his hood and is shocked to see who he just beat down. Grimes, still with his hood off, leaps for the Cave In at Lumis but Lumis side-steps and hits him twice. Grimes goes for a move but Lumis counters and drops him again. Lumis has his hood off now as well. The match continues with both Superstars keeping their hoods off.

More back and forth nw. Lumis looks to put Grimes away but Grimes retreats to the floor. Lumis follows and launches him into the barrier where crew members are sitting next to the announcers. Lumis sends Grimes flying into the steel barrier again, and again. Lumis sends Grimes into the steel again but Grimes jumps up and climbs over the barrier, into the crowd.

Grimes retreats through the crowd as Lumis watches, disappointed.

(Wednesday NXT)

Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell vs. Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter

 

Indi starts off with Carter and they tangle. Hartwell goes to work but Carter takes her down, grounding her as Kacy cheers her on. Kacy tags in and rolls Indi up for a quick pin attempt. Carter and Catanzaro keep control with quick tags. Kacy takes Indi back down for a 2 count. Indi makes it to the corner and tags LeRae in. Catanzaro goes right to work on her and nails a dropkick. LeRae cuts the offense off with a knee to the gut for a 2 count.

LeRae grounds Catanzaro and drives a knee in the face. LeRae taunts Carter. LeRae rocks Catanzaro in their corner and stomps away. Indi tags in and keeps the stomps coming. Indi keeps control and hits a sidewalk slam for a 2 count. LeRae comes back in and slams Catanzaro. Catanzaro avoids a senton and tags in Carter. Carter unloads LeRae and decks Hartwell on the apron. (Wednesday NXT)

Carter beats LeRae with elbows and hits a modified Flatliner. Hartwell runs in but Carter dropkicks her, sending her back out. Kacy leaps to the floor and takes Hartwell out. Carter with a scissor kick to LeRae for a 2 count. LeRae blocks Carter and drops her with a hair pull assist. LeRae with a Brainbuster in the middle of the ring. Hartwell pulls Kacy back to the floor to stop her from making a save. LeRae keeps control of Carter and hits the Wicked Stepsister in the middle of the ring for the pin to win.

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Winners: Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell

 

Kushida vs. Arturo Ruas

 

The bell rings and they go at it, trading holds and counters. Ruas focuses on the arm now. Kushida breaks but gets rocked. Kushida comes right back with kicks. Kushida ends up on the apron but Ruas lands a big knee. Kushida comes back in but Ruas keeps the big strikes coming. Ruas with another unique takedown as he yells out.

Ruas dominates some more and keeps focusing on the arm and elbow, taking Kushida back down to the mat and grounding him. Kushida fights up and out, connecting with chops after more back and forth. Ruas with another takedown and arm submission. Kushida finally mounts a bunch of offense. Kushida with a dropkick and a close 2 count. Kushida works on Ruas arm to soften him up for the finish now.

Kushida with a big kick to the head, and steps on the fingers. Ruas looks to mount a comeback but Kushida applies a standing submission on the arm. Ruas keeps on his feet and tries to break it. Ruas counters and tries to roll Kushida into some sort of ankle lock but he interrupts in mid-counter and holds Ruas down for the unique pin. (Wednesday NXT)

Winner: Kushida

 

 

Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez vs. Ember Moon and Toni Storm

 

Storm starts off with Gonzalez and they lock up. Gonzalez overpowers Storm and sends her to the mat. Storm charges but Gonzalez immediately drops her. Kai tags in and nails a big running boot to the face after Gonzalez drops Storm in the corner. Kai with a 1 count. Kai keeps control and takes Storm to the corner, putting a boot to the throat and dropping her. Kai works Storm over with boots while she’s down as the referee warns her. Kai with another quick pin attempt.

Storm mounts some offense and hits a basement dropkick for a pop. Storm with a suplex in the middle of the ring for a 2 count. Kai fights up from the mat and beats Storm back down. Kai takes Storm back down and runs with a kick but it’s caught. Storm turns it around and tags in Moon. Moon with an assisted dropkick to LeRae, then a shot to Gonzalez on the apron. Storm and Moon team up to clothesline Gonzalez over the top rope to the floor. Kai also gets sent out on the other side but Moon follows and brings her back in as we go to a picture-in-picture commercial break.

Back from the break and Gonzalez drops Storm with a big right, and another big forearm to the lower back. Gonzalez goes for a third but it’s locked. Storm with a headscissors takedown. Moon tags back in and unload with kicks and forearms to Gonzalez. Moon knocks Kai off the apron. Moon with a stomp and a big senton to Gonzalez as fans cheer her on. Moon levels Gonzalez with a kick to the face. Moon goes to the top and catches Gonzalez with a super Codebreaker. Gonzalez kicks out at 2 as Kai makes the save. (Wednesday NXT)

Moon stares Kai down and runs out of the ring but runs right into a big boot from Gonzalez. The referee counts while Moon is laid out in front of the announce table. Gonzalez drops Moon face-first onto the apron and rolls her in for a 2 count. Gonzalez lifts Moon in the middle of the ring, face-up, and bends her over her back. The referee checks on Moon as she screams out. Moon breaks free and lands on her feet. Gonzalez keeps control and runs back into the ring for a huge Pounce. Moon still kicks out. Gonzalez sends Moon to the corner and keeps control. Kai comes back in but wastes some on Storm and Moon drops her. Moon tags in Storm.

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Storm comes in and unloads on Kai. Storm with more offense, including a German suplex, and another as fans cheer her on. Kai fights Storm off but Storm re-positions for a third German. Storm decks Kai in the corner and nails a suplex with a bridge for a 2 count as Gonzalez breaks it up. Gonzalez with a headbutt to Storm. Moon with a DDT to Gonzalez. Kai superkicks Moon out of the ring. Storm and Kai go at it now, colliding with a double clothesline in the middle of the ring. Everyone is down now, Kai and Storm in the ring. Kai and Storm with more back and forth in the ring now, going from corner to corner. Storm levels Kai with a big boot. Storm with a thrust in from the apron, and a knee to the jaw.

Gonzalez rams Storm into the ring post while Moon had the referee distracted. Moon with a suicide dive to Gonzalez on the floor. Kai drags Storm to the middle of the ring but Storm counters and rolls her up out of nowhere for the pin to win.

Winners: Toni Storm and Ember Moon (Wednesday NXT)

 

 

 

August Grey vs. Timothy Thatcher

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Thatcher keeps control with a body shot against the ropes. Thatcher with a big suplex for another 2 count. Thatcher keeps Grey down and tries for another pin attempt. Thatcher with more strikes until Grey tries to mount offense of his own. Thatcher drops him with a single uppercut. Thatcher stays on top of Grey and works on the arm now as fans try to rally for Grey. Thatcher with another stiff shot to the ribs while Grey is down.

Grey fights back out of the corner. Thatcher catches a kick and drops him with a knee. Thatcher with a submission attempt but Grey fights him off with kicks. Grey unloads with right hands in the middle of the ring now. Thatcher counters again and sends Grey to the apron. Grey with a big superkick from the apron. Grey goes to the top and flies but Thatcher nails a big uppercut on the way down.

Thatcher scoops Grey with a heavy slam in the middle of the ring. Thatcher picks Grey back up, gives him a few words in his face, and applies a neck submission. Grey quickly taps for the finish. (Wednesday NXT)

Winner: Timothy Thatcher

 

NXT Women’s Title Match: Rhea Ripley vs. Io Shirai

 

Ripley has dominated through the break, taking her time with Shirai. Shirai was also checked on by medics during the break, but cleared to continue. Shirai mounts Ripley with forearms to the face now. Shirai unloads and screams out now. Shirai charges with double knees in the corner but Ripley moves. Ripley comes right back and drives Shirai into the mat in the middle of the ring.

Shirai blocks a suplex attempt and rolls Ripley for a 2 count. Ripley powers right back up with a suplex for a 2 count. Ripley grounds Shirai in the middle of the ring, stretching her on the mat. We get a sidebar video of Balor arriving to the building.

Ripley works Shirai over on the top turnbuckle now. Ripley climbs up for a superplex but Shirai slides down and tries for a powerbomb. They tangle more in the corner and Shirai runs up to hit a huge German suplex from the second turnbuckle. Fans chant for Shirai but she’s slow to capitalize. Shirai with a running back elbow in the corner. Shirai goes for the double underhook but it’s blocked. More back and forth now. Shirai with an uppercut and a double stomp to the gut in the middle of the ring. Shirai charges with a big kick to the face for a close 2 count. (Wednesday NXT)

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Ripley is bleeding bad from her ear now. Shirai applies a Crossface submission. Ripley rolls through a pin attempt but comes right back with a big boot to Shirai’s face. Ripley talks some trash but Shirai unloads on her arm, trying to soften it up to prevent a finisher. Shirai keeps control and hits another dropkick. Ripley scoops Shirai but Shirai falls to the apron and holds Ripley’s arm. Ripley swings and misses. Shirai slams her hurt arm over the top rope. Shirai continues to slam Ripley’s arm into the edge of the apron. Shirai joins Ripley on the apron as they trade strikes. Shirai flies off the apron and slams Ripley’s injured arm into the edge of the apron again.

Shirai sends Ripley arm-first into the steel ring steps at ringside. We go to another picture-in-picture commercial break as Ripley screams out in pain at ringside. They bring it back in the ring for more back & forth but Shirai remains in control, grounding Ripley and focusing on the arm.

Back from the break and Ripley nails a big superplex from the corner as fans chant “NXT!” now. A one-armed Ripley crawls over for a pin attempt but Shirai kicks out. Ripley gets up first as fans chant “this is awesome!” now. Ripley and Shirai trade big strikes as they fight to their feet. Ripley grabs Shirai’s face and delivers several knee strikes to the face. Ripley comes back with a dropkick but Shirai kicks out at 2. Ripley stands over Shirai and stomps her in the gut. Ripley with the inverted Cloverleaf submission in the middle of the ring now. (Wednesday NXT)

Ripley swings Shirai around with the submission still locked. Ripley slams Shirai and transitions back into the submission. The champs screams out in pain and tries to crawl for the bottom rope. The hold is finally broken as Shirai gets the rope. Ripley takes advantage of the referee’s 5 count. Ripley is still selling the arm injury while Shirai sells the knee injury. Shirai avoids the Riptide and takes Ripley down into an armbar submission. Ripley powers through and lifts Ripley up for a powerbomb but it’s countered. Shirai still has the armbar locked in but tighter now. Ripley gets her foot on the bottom rope to break the hold. Shirai goes for the 619 but Ripley avoids it, and again. Ripley misses a right hand and Shirai fires back with strikes.

Shirai hits 619 now. Shirai goes to the top and hits a missile dropkick for another pop. Shirai crawls over but Ripley kicks out at 2. Shirai waits for Ripley to get up now. Shirai nails the running double knees in the corner. Shirai climbs to the top for her moonsault but lands on her feet and stumbles as Ripley moves. Shirai charges but Ripley levels her with a big clothesline for a close 2 count. Shirai is down face-first on the mat as Ripley gets up first. Ripley goes for the Riptide but Shirai counters and turns that into a DDT, spiking Ripley in the middle of the ring.

Fans chant “NXT!” now as Shirai gets up as Ripley gets up on the apron. Vic says we will hear from the NXT Champion as soon as the match is over. Shirai charges and leaps through the ropes to powerbomb Ripley through the announce table from the apron. Shirai nails it and Ripley goes crashing through the announce table for a big pop. Shirai and Ripley are both down at ringside. Fans chant “this is awesome!” now. Shirai rolls in the ring to catch a breather in the corner and Ripley just makes it back in before the 9 count. Shirai immediately follows up with the big moonsault for the pin to retain. (Wednesday NXT)

Winner: Io Shirai

 

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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)

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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.

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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)

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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.

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