NXT 1/13/2021


Shotzi Blackheart vs. Candice LeRae (with Indi Hartwell)

LeRae pinned Blackheart in a good match. Hartwell interfered to help LeRae win the match.

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Shown arriving to the building was Pete Dunne, Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan. They arrived just as NXT Champion Finn Balor was heading to th ring for a promo.

You might not believe this, but an in-ring promo in WWE was interrupted by a foe. That leads to a match down the line. Balor was cutting a tough guy promo when Dunne confronted him in the ring. Dunne was flanked by the NXT Tag Team Champions, Burch & Lorcan.

Dunne cut a promo on Balor as he entered the ring. A brawl erupted, and Balor tried to fight off three men. The odds soon got the better of him when Kyle O'Reilly ran in to make a save. Soon Adam Cole and Roderick Strong ran down as well. Undisputed Era cleared the ring.

Balor had a staredown with Undisputed Era, but he then nodded at them. Balor rolled out of the ring and put the belt on his shoulder. Everybody then awkwardly stood around until the segment faded into a backstage interview.


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Johnny Gargano was doing an interview when Austin Theory brought him a gift in an envelope. It was pictures drawn by Dexter Lumis. Gargano was not pleased. He meets Lumis in a match later on.


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Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake & Zack Gibson) defeated Ever-Rise (Chase Parker & Matt Martel) to advance in the Dusty Classic

Gibson pinned Martel to win the match, and Grizzled Young Veterans advance to the next round. Ever-Rise had their most serious match on NXT, but they still lost again in the end.

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NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano (with Austin Theory) defeated Dexter Lumis in a non-title match

Gargano pinned Lumis with a roll-up after interference by Theory.

***1/4

Kushida made the save after the heels starting double teaming Lumis during the post match

The fake crowd was red hot for Kushida

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Ciampa and Thatcher are face-to-face

Wade Barrett hosted a face-to-face sit down between Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher. This build to their Pit Fight on next week's episode.

They argued and debated each other. They cut promos. The match next week should be great.

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MSK (Wes Lee & Nash Carter) defeated Isaiah "Swerve" Scott & Jake Atlas to advance in the Dusty Classic

Carter pinned Scott, and MSK won their NXT debut. They move on to the next round of the Dusty Classic.

MSK were formely Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz of The Rascalz. They looked impressive

***1/2

What does MSK mean?


Also Scott & Atlas were a random af as pairing. Weren't they feuding? They patched things up. And I guess Swerve is a babyface.....this week.


Whatever.

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Xia Li defeated enhancement talent

Li's elaborate entrance took longer than the match. The name of the woman doing the job was never announced. Li looked like a killer.

DUD

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A scuffle backstage between Isaiah Scott and Jake Atlas was broken up by Bronson Reed. This seems to set up a match with Reed against Scott as they had a staredown.

He's back to being a heel. That's 2 turns in one show. That's why they call him Swerve I guess.


Undisputed Era (Adam Cole & Roderick Strong with Kyle O'Reilly) defeated Breezango (Tyler Breeze & Fandango) to advance in the Dusty Classic


Cole pinned Fandango, and Undisputed Era advances to the next round of the tournament.

The flow of the match was very back-and-forth. No established protagonist or antagonist roles in the bout, just a hard fought tag match.



Lots of high spots in the closing minutes. Pete Dunne, Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan ran down, and they brawled at ringside with OReilly. They were going to injury O'Reilly when Finn Balor ran down for a save. He and O'Reilly were still outnumbered, and Dunne laid out O'Reilly with a shot to his injured jaw.

Cole was distracted by the melee at ringside, and Cole walked into a superkick. Strong was backdropped outside. The Panama Sunrise was countered, and Fandango went to the top rope. He leapt off only to eat a superkick from Cole, and Cole covered him for a pinfall.

Cole & Strong immediately went to check on O'Reilly at ringside.


***1/4

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Dynamite was better though.