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WWE NXT results, live blog (Oct. 30, 2019): Why Finn why?

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

Check out our Wednesday morning preview post to get caught up on what's been happening, and what we expect this week.

Advertised for tonight: Asuka & Kairi Sane defend the Women’s Tag titles on the black-and-gold brand for the first time against Dakota Kai & Tegan Nox, Candice LeRae and Io Shirai rematch their TakeOver: Toronto classic, Tyler Bate will try to continue teaching Cameron Grimes about respect, and more!

Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the NXT live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)

Enjoy the show!


We open with a live performance from Poppy as last week’s highlights play behind her.

The Joshi Judas enters with the band still on stage, and Io Shirai rocks out with Poppy, who follows her to the ring to finish her performance of “Scary Mask”.

Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRae

We don’t hear Mauro Ranallo until the bell, and the match opens with a slap from Io and a forearm from Candice. LeRae chases Shirai around the ring, but catches a kick to allow Io to hit a tope, but Candice returns the favor moments later. LeRae gets the first nearfall off a kick and a step-up senton. She tries to go up top though and gets caught with a vicious looking and sounding lungblower. Io gets a two count after another set of knees in the other corner, and controls the action for the middle portion of the bout.

Eventually Candice fights to her feet and they trade strikes. Roll-up for LeRae, followed by a step-up enziguri. Mrs. Wrestling is bleeding from the nose. They fight on the apron, but neither woman can complete a maneuver out there. Candice throws Io in and climbs, but Shirai catches her and tries for a superplex. She’s thrown down, but Io recovers to knock her all the way to the floor as we go split-screen for commercials. Lots of selling during the break, but Candice fights her way into control. Right before we return, Io counters and both women are up for the return.

LeRae takes control almost immediately with a drop kick, then a charging back elbow and tornado DDT for two. A pissed off Candice drives Io into the corner, but when she tries for the avalanche swinging neckbreaker, Shirai pushes her down. Top rope moonsault follow-up, but LeRae gets her knees up. More strikes as Io recovers, but she quickly gets a takedown and locks on a reverse triangle submission. Candice manages to get a foot on the bottom rope. Frustrated, Io goes for a chair under the ring, and when referee Jessika Carr takes it from her she gets rolled up, but only for two!

LeRae goes for a moonsault, but Io moves. The ref didn’t take the chair out of the ring, and she lands on it!

Io Shirai def. Candice LeRae via pinfall

Shirai continue to press the attack after making the series 2 - 0, but her comes Rhea Ripley! She runs Io off as Ranallo reminds us about tonight’s Undisputed ERA vs. Riddle & Lee match, then Finn Balor gets a video package recapping his various interviews over the past week. He’ll be here next!

A reminder that Damien Priest pinned Pete Dunne after a low blow two weeks ago, we learn they’ll have a rematch next week.

Finn arrives and Full Sail is on their feet. He’s out to his regular music, slowly making his way to the ring amidst a mixed reaction. He says it’s funny how things change. Two months ago, he was laying down for a guy who the hottest thing in the business just because he put on a mask. Well he just took off his mask and now he’s the hottest thing in the business!

Everybody’s got their opinions - the fans, the office, the locker room, Twitter tough guys. The problem with this business is there are too many people backstage who should in the stands. He doesn’t watch this business, the business watches him. About Johnny Gargano... he heard he got out of the hospital. Well if he steps to Finn, he’ll send him back. And then he won’t be Johnny Wrestling. He’ll be Johnny Watches Wrestling, just the way it should be.

Hype video for the Women’s Tag champs takes us to commercial.

Shane Thorne vs. Bronson Reed

Thorne’s got a leather and fur half coat look going. Reed is rocking a red and black look.

He comes quick with a pair of kicks and a cannonball right at the bell. A fourth move runs into a clothesline, though, and a senton puts Shane down. Reed lifts him up for an exchange of chops. They eventually slow, and Bronson puts Thorne down with a forearm, but the former Mighty member comes back with a suplex and kicks. He goes to the corner for a running kick, but Reed catches it and follows with a release suplex and a backpack piledriver... one, two, no! Straps are down, and Bronson climbs, but Thorne catches him with an enziguri. He tries for a rana from the top, but Reed throws him down and follows with a huge splash!

Bronson Reed def. Shane Thorne via pinfall

Cathy Kelley interviews the challengers for the Women’s Tag titles backstage. Dakota Kai talks about the hard work they both put in to come back from knee injuries. Tegan Nox says they’ve talked about tag belts for a long time, and she can’t wait to win them tonight with her best friend.

Mia Yim video, where she says she’s the rose who grew from concrete.

Kabuki Warriors vs. Tegan Nox & Dakota Kai for the WWE Women’s championship

Asuka & Kairi get a big “Welcome Back” chant before the standard title match intros.

Nox and Asuka start to an “Asuka’s gonna kill you” chant. Tegan leaps over a charge and tries for a handspring kick, but Asuka has it scouted and catches it to kick the Welsh woman in the midsection. Kairi in and Nox fights back. She puts Sane down and Asuka comes rushing in, so so does Kai. Action spills to the floor, where the champs get the upper hand as we get a commercial.

Tegan is getting worked over during the break, but gets the tag shortly after we return. Kai takes it to Asuka, and gets a cover after a big kick. The Empress wrenches Dakota’s knee with a dragon screw leg whip in the ropes. Then she blasts her to barricade. Nox checks on her friend, but backs off when Asuka retrieves her. The champion applies a knee bar in the ring. Kai tries to kick free, and eventually gets loose but can’t make a tag. Sane comes in and taunts Nox before a Sliding D, but an arrogant cover only nets her two. Kairi targets the legs with another leg submission.

Asuka’s back in and gets a little too cocky, allowing Dakota to get some space with a kick, but she’s kicked down before she can make a tag. Sane back in, and she allows Kai to get to her feet for a striking exchange, but the fresher Kairi wins that and quickly transitions into another submission. The Warriors continue toying with the Kiwi, Asuka gets a two after some more kicks. She chokes Dakota in the ropes and poses to a still-cheering for the heels crowd as we get another commercial.

More face-in-peril when we get back, and presumably the whole time we were gone. Big tandem sequence where the champs put Kai down with neckbreaker and missle drop kick, but she kicks out! She goes to wrong corner, but blasts both women there and tries to get to her corner, but Sane cuts her off. Enzguri from Dakota, and she finally gets to Tegan. Running forearm in opposite corners for both heels! She whips Sane into Asuka, and goes up top. That moves hits and gets two, but when she geos for the Shiniest Wizard, Asuka grabs it for a knee bar. Nox turns it into an armbar, but her comes Kairi to break it up. Kai has recovered and evens the odds. All four women are down!

Dakota is the legal wrestler again, and she’s recovered. Big kicks to Asuka, but she’s slow to cover. The referee is distracted by Sane as she tries to get her up into a Fireman’s Carry. Asuka slips out, GREEN MIST! Asuka hip attacks Nox off the apron, Kairi with the InSane Elbow, and covers Dakota’s face on the cover to make sure the ref doesn’t see the mist.

Kabuki Warriors def. Tegan Nox & Dakota Kai via pinfall to retain the WWE Women’s titles

The champs exit as Tegan gets a towel to clean Dakota’s face, and here comes Shayna Baszler and her Horsewomen! Nox goes right at the champ, but the numbers game gets her since Kai still can’t see. Step-up enziguri from Baszler. They dump Dakota, and set Tegan up for the elbow break spot, but here comes Rhea Ripley again! She marches to the ring, but Io cuts her off. They brawl, and her comes Bianca Belair! Candice joins the fray! Everyone is down except for Rhea and the champ. They face off, but then everyone else recovers and they brawl continues. Officials pout from the back to break them up, and here comes William Regal. The General Manager has a simple solution...


Rhea, Candice and Team Kick stand tall in the ring, staring down the more numerous heels on the outside. Ripley tries to attack again, but the champ’s side exits to end the segment.

Tyler Bate vs. Cameron Grimes

Lock-u instead of Grimes’ usual Cave In attempt at the bell. Bate with the first takedown, but it’s not long until Cameron gets one of his own as we get some UK-style chain wrestling. We transition to a sprint, and Tyler gets the best of that. An airplane spin into a drop kick sends Grimes to the outside, but before Bate can follow with a dive, Cameron recovers and races in to grab him in a swinging neckbreaker. Both men are down as we get a break.

When we return, Tyler is looking for a European off the top, but Grimes is ready. He thwarts that and pops over for a bridging suplex for two. After a bit more offense, the North Carolinian goes for some digit manipulation. Bate muscles out of that but is taken down with an armbar. He fights back and eventually hits the diving European to get back on the offensive. Exploder suplex, then a running shooting star press gets a nearfall. Grimes recovers and gets Tyler up in an electric chair and looks to spin for a powerslam, but Bate counters into a hurricanrana for two. Tyler tries for the rebound lariat, but Cameron flies and hits Collision Course for another two count. He can’t believe Bate kicked out, and that gives the Brit a chance to recover. He hits the rebound lariat this time and gets a nearfall. A back-and-forth ends in a tope from Tyler. He throws Grimes in, but before he can follow-up, Killian Dain appears ringside. The distraction costs Bate, who finally enters to a Cave In.

Cameron Grimes def. Tyler Bate via pinfall

Grimes exits the scene, but Dain swoops in. After a cannonball into the steel steps Killian yells in Bate’s face to tell Pete Dunne they have unfinished business.

Matt Riddle & Keith Lee are getting ready for the main event by chopping each other backstage.

Angel Garza gets a video package where he talks about being inspired by his uncle Hector, and wanting to exceed his accomplishments and teach the world about the Garza dynasty. Cathy Kelley informs us Ripley and Baszler have been named captains of their WarGames match, and the women’s locker room is buzzing.

Keith Lee & Matt Riddle vs. The Undiputed ERA (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish)

The champs are out sans teammates for this non-title clash.

It’s all Lee at the start, and Fish & O’Reilly head outside to regroup, but The Bro is there to break that up. Fish is the legal man and goes back in to a clothesline, and after a tag, the faces take turns chopping the champs. Grizzly Magnum and a spear send Kyle to the floor, and a jackhammer on Fish gets two as we go to split-screen.

TUE manage to make some tags during the break, but it’s still all Lee & Riddle.

After the break, the King of Bros is in control, lighting both men up with strikes. Fish ends up taking not one but two gutwrench powerbombs and being thrown aside. O’Reilly keeps him busy long enough for Fish to hit a running knee. The heels take control and work him over. A two-man suplex allows KOR to get a nearfall. O’Reilly with elbows, and a senton, then Fish is back in for a suplex that gets two. The ERA continues to control things until Riddle ducks a charging O’Reilly and FISH gets hit with a running boot. It takes a little while, but a pair of Bro kicks seems to get him free, but kicks from the heels and a brain buster from Kyle leads to a cover Lee has to break up.

They attack Keith on the apron, which just makes him even angrier when Riddle lands on his feet after a German, ducks under some clotheslines and gets the tag. House cleaning leads to a lot of things, including a huge clothesline to both champs. It’s a handicap match and the Limitless One is doing just fine. Bobby ends up getting pop-up slammed hard and takes a moonsault off the top.

Once O’Reilly is back in, he regains control for his side with an axe kick and strikes, setting up a Samoan drop for two. Deadlift powerbomb gets Keith free to make the tag, and now it’s riddle who cleans house. Exploder suplex! Bro-ton! German! But, DANGIT, the rest of Undisputed is here. Riddle kicks free, but is sent to apron, where Adam Cole hits him with a kick. Kyle gets thrown to the floor and the whole ERA is there, so The Bro dives onto them. He sends Fish in the ring and follows to hit a ripcord knee. On the floor, Keith pounces Cole into Strong in a very cool looking spot.

Fish gets free from a powerbomb set-up, and with the ref checking on what’s happening outside, he slips free. Total Elimination!

The Undisputed ERA def. Matt Riddle & Keith Lee via pinfall

The ERA swarms on their defeated foes, but here comes Tommaso Ciampa! He sends Adam Cole over the top, throws his crutch at O’Reilly, then hits him with a running knee. Riddle & Lee end up throwing Kyle onto his mates. The faces stand in the ring and Ciampa goes to pick up the belt, but pauses.

He says “Goldy, you’re gonna have to wait, Daddy’s going to war!” and throws the mic at the ERA. Cold snatches his belt and looks confused, and that’s the show.

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