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WWE NXT results, live blog (Nov. 13, 2019): Ladder match for WarGames advantage

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: A ladder match between Mia Yim & Io Shirai for the advantage in the first Women’s WarGames, an open spot on Tomasso Ciampa’s team, a Cruiserweight title match, Finn Bálor intrigue, 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!


Highlights of last week’s show and Slipknot bring us in, and Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness & Beth Phoenix inform us the Cruiserweight title will kick us off. Lio Rush has a huge contingent of family here for him, and we also see Malcolm Bivens in the crowd for this one...

Lio Rush vs. Angel Garza

Garza offers his hand, but it’s a ruse. He’s unable to grab the champ however. So then he head into the crowd and rips his pants off right in front of Lio’s family. Rush responds by diving and driving Angel into the barricade. He throws him back in and gets a nearfall after a little more offense. He tries for the Come Up, but Garza is wise to it and drops before the springboard cutter can connect. The champ tries for another dive, but the challenger catches him and powerslams him to the mat. The heel takes charge as we go to a PiP commercial.

A handspring back elbow gets Lio a nearfall once we’re back at full screen. Garza angers him with a chop, which bits him in for a high knee. A big drop kick counter to The Come Up gets 2.9999. Then it’s the champ’s turn to almost end it with a swinging neckbreaker. Both men are down, but Rush scoots to the corner so he can climb to the top... but Angel catches and crotches him. They perch there, MOONSAULT POWERSLAM! The champ kicks out! Garza can’t believe it, the crowd loves it. The challenger heads to the ropes for another moonsault, but Rush catches his foot. Strikes from the challenger, but Lio fires back with a Spanish Fly. Big spin kick, followed by the Come Up, but Rush doesn’t let go. He tries for another, but Garza counters into the Wing Clipper. He hits it! 1 - 2 - NO! They got me there.

Angel grabs the double underhook set-up for his finisher again, and climbs to the middle rope! Lio fights back, and they’re trading headbutts while sitting on the top turnbuckle. Rush manages to flip Garza to the mat, and follows with his frog splash... but Hector’s nephew kicks out! He hits it again as Angel is getting up. The referee counts three, but the challenger’s other leg was clearly on the bottom rope.

Lio Rush def. Angel Garza via pinfall to retain the Cruiserweight title

We see Lio on the ramp celebrating while Garza fumes, and Mauro throws it to a camera outside. Trainers are rushing to check on Tegan Nox and Rhea Ripley, who are knocked out after being attacked. But by who...

After a commercial, we get a video package on Shayna Baszler’s trip to SmackDown and Raw.

Xia Li vs. Aliyah

Aliyah is with her Bad & Boujee partner Vanessa Borne. Mauro reminds us this is a rematch from the USA premiere two months ago. Li is on the lookout for interference from Borne from the jump. It’s all Xia at first, who out-strikes and out-powers Aliyah. But after dealing with Vanessa, she gets pulled throat-first into the top rope by Aliyah. The heel isn’t able to do much with it, however, and it’s all over seconds later after Li hits a roundhouse kick to the face.

Xia Li def. Aliyah via pinfall

The trainer is out to check on Aliyah, who either got her nose broken or her mouth busted with that kick. Nigel informs us we’ve got a match coming up between Killian Dain and Pete Dunne. After another commercial, the Real Rock ‘N’ Roller is here. Let’s see what this MF-er has to say...

Finn Balor: “This is it? This is NXT now? What happened to this place? What happened to this business that I loved? I used to be proud of this place, but now it’s a joke.”

He mocks Johnny Gargano for being hurt three weeks after his attack, and says he’s whining on social media looking for sympathy. And don’t get him started about Matt Riddle, who he took out with a 1916 on the ramp last week. He can’t get started, cause Riddle attacks him from behind and chases him into the crowd. The Original Bro tells him to run, because he won’t be able to run for ever.

Undisputed ERA are here. They circle the ring and tell him he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. Riddle’s WarGames partners are here to back him up. Tommaso Ciampa throws Matt’s flip flops at TUE, and Keith Lee tells them to get in the ring. He puts over Adam Cole’s impressive run on the main roster shows, but says they still have to deal with him. Roderick Strong grabs a mic and asks if he knows who he’s talking to. Cole is on the greatest run in NXT history, and deserves a night off. If Lee wants a match, he can have one with him. The Limitless One says he’s not picky. Things break down as we go to commercial.

Keith Lee vs. Roderick Strong

The announcers inform us William Regal made the match, and sent their teammates to the back. This is non-title.

It’s all Keith from the start, who even gets a lackadaisical cover seconds into the match. Roddy eventually gets some momentum with strikes, but is unable to shoulder block Lee down even though he’s already on his knees. More chops from the Limitless One, and when Strong runs the ropes, he gets chopped right out of mid-air. The bigger man climbs to follow-up, but Roddy catches him with a high knee. The North American champ heads outside to get some air as we go to commercial.

Strong dropkicks Lee out of the ring shortly after we return. He tries to follow with a dive, but is caught. Roddy gets free, but is military pressed back into the ring. There’s not much behind it though, and the champ is back with another diving drop kick seconds later. He gets Keith back in the ring, and attacks with a flurry of strikes. When Lee tries to get up, a Sick Kick puts the Big Texan down. Strong stays in control with submissions and a few dirty tricks like getting a finger in Lee’s nostril. The Limitless One hulks up in the face of strikes through, and throws Roddy into the corner. He gets a nearfall off a follow-up belly-to-belly. Lee sloughs off a comeback, and gets two after a backbreaker of his own.

Keith tries to climb, but Strong catches him and they battle on top. The champ really wants a superplex, but can’t pull it off... until he rocks Lee with a step-up knee to the head. He hits the move, but Keith kicks out at two! Roddy tries to lock in a Stronghold, but can’t turn Lee. They trade strikes for a while, and a huge clothesline puts them both down. Cole & TUE head down the ramp, and Ciampa & Riddle attack them from behind. The faces get the upper hand, but Balor is back! He takes out Riddle.

Back in the ring, Lee is watching the action. Roddy hits another jumping knee and follows with an Olympic Slam for two. Strong follows with a senton, but Keith pops up and hits a Supernova to win it.

Keith Lee def. Roderick Strong via pinfall

Undisputed swarms the ring in the aftermath, and are putting boots to Ciampa and Lee when Dominik Dijakovic makes his way to the ring. He cleans house as Ranallo reminds us of his history with the ERA. Dijakovic and Ciampa shake afterwards. Dom turns into Lee and they have a tense moment, but the enemy of my enemy is my friend and all that. It looks like the Blackheart has his fourth man.

Back from commercial, we go outside where Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir and Candice LeRae are laid out. Scarlett Bordeaux is checking on Candice, and Triple H is on the phone trying to get answers.

Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Bronson Reed

Fist bump of honor before they start, and the early exchanges leave with no clear advantage for either man. The Aussie’s size and strength finally wins out as he puts Scott down with some shoulder blocks. He knocks Swerve around with some headbutts, eventually sitting on Scott before bonzai dropping all his weight onto him. He then carries Swerve to the ropes and throws him to the floor. Reed follows, but Isaiah gets some space and sends him shoulder first into the ringpost as we take a break.

Swerve slips out of a resthold shortly after we return, spinning out of a dive to hit an elbow and then getting two off a flatliner. Scott tries to clothesline Bronson down, and that doesn’t work. Reed puts him down and follows with a senton, but when the big man climbs, Swerve hits him with a heel kick. He climbs, but almost gets flattened when he’s grabbed and turned into a tombstone set-up. Swerve fights out of that and hits a DDT for two. Reed catches a running Isaiah for a sitout spinebuster, then gets a nearfall off a backpack driver. Auszilla tries for a suplex, but Scott escapes and pops his arm over the top rope.

Isaiah “Swerve” Scott def. Bronson Reed via pinfall

They shake after the match, and Beth kicks it to Cathy Kelley. She tells us both the men and women’s locker room are on high alert as everyone is wondering if the attacker is from Raw or SmackDown. She doesn’t have any leads, but can tell us that Matt Riddle will face Finn Balor at TakeOver. That also means Riddle is out of the WarGames match. Dominik Dijakovic takes his spot, and we still have an open spot on Team Blackheart.

After some ads, we get another Forgotten Sons hype video.

Pete Dunne vs. Killian Dain

Dain is making his way down the ramp when Damian Priest jumps him from behind. Dunne slides out to get into it with him, and Killian recovers and blasts them both into the apron. “Security” races in, and Priest recovers to throw Dain into the steel steps. Security gets him in the ring and he takes them out, the last one gets crucifix bombed onto the collective on the floor. Dain & Dunne get up and start brawling again, so The Archer of Infamy flattens them with a step-up tope. He walks out to his music.

Cathy is interviewing Mia Yim, who basically dares Raw and SmackDown to bring it, and vows to win the WarGames advantage for her team tonight. Dakota Kai knocks and comes in. She says there’s no hard feelings, Mia earned her spot on Rhea’s team fair and square. If anything happens tonight, she has Yim’s back.

Mia Yim vs. Io Shirai

This is the first women’s ladder match at NXT Arena at Full Sail. There’s a briefcase above the ring that will grant the winner’s team the entry advantage at WarGames.

They brawl at the bell, and when Mia is dumped to the outside, Io flies to flatten her. But Yim is back up quickly, blasting Shirai into the apron and sliding a ladder into the ring. The Mad Queen gets to her feet and then gets dropped onto a ladder that’s still on the floor. Shirai gets in the ring and ends up in a tug of war with the ladder that’s in the ring; Mia wins and pulls Io into the ropes. That ladder ends up draped to the barricade, and Yim is the first person to get thrown into it. She recovers to slam Io’s fingers in the ladder. They both recover to brawl on another side of the ring. The HBIC manages to keep Shirai out of the ring, and even when Io gets free, her injured hand causes her issues.

Back in the ring, the brawl continues. Eventually, Mia is able to get Io up for suplex, dropping her back first onto the ladder as we get a split-screen commercial break. They’re throwing left and right when we get back, and Shirai puts Yim down with an upper-cut with an exaggerated follow-through. Mia ends up in the ropes, which means she gets the Japanese Superstar’s version of the 6-1-9. Yim keeps her from getting a ladder, but ends up eating a flapjack. The HBIC is able to grab Io’s foot a moment later however, and the story is that Mia will have to be taken out for good. She tries, and ends up belly-to-back suplexed onto a ladder draped in the corner (kind of, she painfully only catches part of the ladder and bounces off to the side).

Io’s a warrior, though, and gets back into it to not only stop Yim from climbing, but trap her in between the sides and smashing it down on Mia’s back. That busts the ladder, so she has to go retrieve another one, which allows Yim to recover. She dumps Io and grabs a ladder. She seems to be headed to use it as weapon and Io springboard drop kicks onto the ladder. Mia’s face gets destroyed in the spot. Shirai stalls while an army of medical folks check on Yim, and the referee communicates with her. Somehow, Mia gets up and heads after Io, grabbing her to stop her climb. Shirai with a German Suplex and then she takes double knees in the corner. Yim fights back though and knocks Io off the top to prevent a moonsault, but Shirai throws her to the ground. Dakota Kai comes down to check on Yim, and to help take a top rope moonsault from The Mad Queen.

Io climbs, but Kai grabs her and powerbombs her before helping Mia back into the ring. She climbs, but her comes Kay Lee Ray! The UK Women’s champ takes out Kai, then pushes Yim off the ladder, sending her crashing through the ladder draped over the barricade. Io climbs and retrieves the briefcase.

Io Shirai def. Mia Yim

Ray poses on the ladder with Shirai and Bianca Belair, who came out to celebrate the win with her teammate. Shayna Baszler makes her way to the ring and the two champs nod to one another and the Queen of Spades applauds what looks like her squad.

Baszler is flattened though by an attack from behind. It’s Bayley! She screams a few taunts at Shayna, then runs off before anyone else from NXT can catch her. The show abruptly goes off the air at 10:10.

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