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NXT results, live blog (May 30, 2018): Dakota Kai vs. Shayna Baszler for the Women’s Title

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Here's a place to check results and comment along with the latest airing of WWE NXT in its regular Wednesday night at 8PM Eastern time slot on WWE Network.

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- Mauro Ranallo narrates a recap of the Gargano/Ciampa angle from last week, and informs us that Johnny and Tommaso aren’t here tonight, but need to return their Street Fight paperwork to General Manager William Regal to make the match official. He teases other TakeOver: Chicago developments on the episode and, then... NO MAN IS EVER TRULY GOOD, NO MAN IS EVER TRULY EVIL! The Champ is here!

- Aleister Black is in his gear as he walks to the ring. He says it’s been a trip being NXT Champ since he won the belt in New Orleans. He understands there’s confusion about his next challenger, but he only needs one second to land his shot and make his opponent fade to black.

- Lars Sullivan’s music hits, and he’s out to tell us there is no longer any confusion. Regal has named him Black’s first challenger for Chicago. He acknowledges that Aleister has travelled the world and conquered every challenge he’s encountered, but he’s never encountered anyone like Lars. Someone with his size, strength and dominance. That’s why at TakeOver, he’ll be the new NXT champ. He grabs the champ by the throat, but Aleister fights him off with a forearm. He spins to hit Black Mass, but Sullivan catches it in one hand! Black looks shocked, and even more so when Lars swats his foot away and grabs him again for a Freak Accident! He stands tall over the flattened champion as we go to commercial.

- Fozzy’s “Painless” is a TakeOver: Chicago theme (and they show Y2J in the video clip, but don’t mention him at all). Nigel McGuinness informs us that Black vs. Sullivan is official, and Mauro reminds us about Ciampa/Gargano and talks about Candice LeRae’s tweet wiping her hands of the whole affair.

- War Raiders vs. Cody Vincent and George Hickson via pinfall following Fallout

Total squash, notable for Hanson and Rowe throwing the enhancement guys into their own corner to get tags. The Raiders also acted a little more unhinged than in previous outings.

- Video package on Dakota Kai and Shayna Baszler’s program, then we see EC3 arrive at Full Sail Live “earlier today”. His match is next.

- First, Cathy Kelley interviews Lacey Evans about her rubber match with Kairi Sane next Wednesday. The result next week will be the same as last week. She doesn’t care that Sane won the Mae Young Classic. She has a right, a Woman’s Right, with Kairi’s name on it.

- EC3 vs. Fabian Aichner via pinfall following a TKO

Aichner uses his speed to land some shots early, but EC3 sends him to the floor and looks to head out there to inflict some punishment when Johnny Gargano storms into the ring area. He marches past the wrestlers and goes to the announce desk, grabs a mic and says “this is a signed contract for Gargano/Ciampa II”. He slams it down and storms out, again walking past an incredulous EC3.

Aichner uses the opening to get back in the ring and hit a crossbody from the top turnbuckle to the floor! The advantage doesn’t last long, however. The Italian gets planted with a DDT and then the finish.

- “Who is Bianca Belair?” begins with her saying everything has always come easy to her. She’s excelled at every athletic endeavor she attempted. She comes from a long line of excellence - her great-grandfather was the first African-American electrician in North Carolina, her grandfather has a Master’s degree in organic chemistry. She got to college on athletic scholarship, and in addition to being a decorated track and field athlete, she graduated with degrees in business and sociology. But after college, she found herself back in a mediocre life. Then she found Crossfit, which gave her a chance to excel and be herself. That was her way to NXT. They show clips of her training at The Performance Center, and she says she’s on another level other the other athletes there despite never having worked the indies. Unlike in her youth, however, she’s not worried about how anyone else feels. She’s The -Est of NXT, and she’s here to be women’s champ.

- Ricochet def. Chris Dijak via pinfall following a 630

Ric comes out firing, driving the larger man (former ROH Top Prospect winner Donovan Dijak, in his NXT TV debut) into the corner with strikes. He dives to the outside, but Dijak grabs him and slams him back-first on the apron. Big elbow off the top, but then Ricochet dodges a springboard moonsault. A suplex follows, rolled into a second deadlift suplex. He drags Dijak to the corner for the finish.

The One And Only grabs a mic and says, so Velveteen Dream likes the spotlight? I get it. He deserves it. Dream is one of the most entertaining Superstars to come through NXT. But the spotlight doesn’t just show how good you are. It shows your flaws. And when Velveteen turned on him in their handicap match last week, he showed what a punk he is.

Dream is here. Punk? Okay, he’ll allow it because tonight is his spotlight. But last week it was their spotlight, and he proved that anything Ricochet can do, Velveteen can do better. Ric challenges him to come in the ring and prove it. Dream starts to walk to the ring, then says the only spotlight bright enough for them is at TakeOver. In Chicago, when they’re in the spotlight, Velveteen will prove anything Ricochet can do he can do better.

Ricochet dives over the rope, flips and lands on his feet on the ramp! He walks to the mic Velveteen is still holding and says “prove it”. A slack-jawed Dream drops the mic and walks away.

- Next week we’ll see Roderick Strong vs. Danny Burch

- Shayna Baszler def. Dakota Kai via submission with a rear-naked choke to retain her NXT Women’s Title

The champ marches right to Kai at the bell, who is playing scared but trying to convince herself to stand tall. Baszler drives her into the corner with strikes, but when Drake Weurtz forces the break, Dakota grabs Shayna and spins her around. The champ drops her quickly though, and stomps on a leg. She proceeds to target the leg to take away the Captain of Team Kick’s main weapon.

The Queen of Spades slaps an ankle lock on the injured leg, but Kai grits it out and gets to the bottom rope. Baszler yanks her away and pulls her back into the hold, but Dakota gets up for an enziguri! She puts Shayna down with kicks including multiple Kaio-Kicks, but can’t follow up due to the damage done to her leg. Her leg buckles in a hold, which allows the champ to grab the RNC.

- After her hand gets raised, Shayna puts the choke back on Kai, but seconds later, Nikki Cross runs in! Baszler backs off to the corner while Cross psychotically yells for her to attack. The champ goes to leave, but Nikki runs after her and grabs the belt off her shoulder. She takes it back to the ring and lays it down, telling Shayna to come and get it. When the champ hesitantly comes back for it (Kai watches all of this with an queally stunned lock on her face), but Cross grabs it and starts yelling “YOU! ME! THIS! TONIGHT!”

She gives the belt to Dakota, telling her she’s referee! No bell, but Nikki hits the champ with The Purge, and Kai counts three! Cross takes the belt and runs into the stands to celebrate with the fans. Baszler comes to as Nikki heads to the ramp with her belt, and the challenger mouths “your move” to the champ as the episode ends.