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NXT results, live blog (Mar. 27, 2019): The Dusty Classic finals

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Somewhere down that road again walks a fool unto his end. How many times will they spring back the trap? A fool in its path, a fool in its path. Fine by me, you can go there if you please, I’ll stay away. That place is not for someone with something to lose. Oh, don’t go, you’ll be sorry if you do, but me? I’ve got to liveblog this here pro wrestling show, folks.

The show opens with a hype reel for the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals.

The intro video follows.

Adam Cole makes his entrance and gets in the ring with the NXT Championship belt on a pedestal, admiring it before getting on the mic.

He says last week he outlasted four of NXT’s best when he pinned Ricochet for the right to go challenge for the vacant title against Johnny Gargano. He could give a million reasons why he’s going to win the title, but first and foremost he wants Johnny to come to this ring and face him like a man to find out exactly what he’s in for at TakeOver: New York.

Gargano obliges, coming to the ring and sitting on the top turnbuckle while the crowd exchanges dueling chants for both guys. This goes on for a long beat before Cole pipes up and says he doesn’t need the crowd’s support, to which Johnny says he loves the “Johnny Wrestling!” chants and asks Adam to list those million reasons for him, telling the crowd to get out their cameras and start taking footage because Cole is at a loss for words for the first time ever.

Does Cole realize that he’s in for the fight of his life at TakeOver now that Johnny’s path to the title goes through him? At the Barclay’s Center he’s gonna show him why they call him Johnny TakeOver, bay bay! Cole asks if that’s supposed to intimidate him, pointing out that Gargano’s record means it’d be more appropriate to call him Johnny Participation.

And the fact is, Johnny Participation can’t beat Adam in three falls, he can’t even beat him in one fall, and Cole recites his accolades as proof of this. He’s earned all of his success and he proved that last week when he won the contender’s match, and what has Johnny TakeOver done to earn this title match? Gargano questions this notion that he hasn’t earned anything and didn’t debut into a top spot, no.

His story started in June 2015 as his tryout when he was told “no”, that he wasn’t good enough to be here. Undersized, doesn’t have “it”, he’s heard it all for fifteen years, but he didn’t take no for an answer, and fought for one chance, and that chance came in the first ever Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic where he was thrown in a makeshift tag team with a guy he barely knew, Tommaso Ciampa.

Two unsigned indie guys told to go prove themselves, and they fought for their freakin’ lives! After that was said and done, they left, no contract and no promise for the future, but the thing is he was invited back again and again and again and why? Because every single time he showed up he poured his heart out in this ring, he fought so hard that they chanted “Johnny Wrestling!”

He realized then he wasn’t fighting for himself, he fights for everybody out there who’s been told they weren’t good enough, and he earned every spot, earned the tag titles, earned his career back, and he earned the NXT North American Championship. He’s earned everything he has because this place is his life! He wasn’t handed a top spot and a group of cronies to fight his battles for him.

He wouldn’t change a thing about these past four years because it’s made him appreciate where he’s going, and he’ll fight to fulfill his destiny and Johnny Wrestling will finally become NXT Champion!

Adam goes to leave and turns around in the aisle, getting back on the mic. He says Johnny’s story is so inspirational, like a Lifetime movie before his eyes, but here’s the deal-- scratch, fight, and claw all you want, but when they leave New York, Adam Cole will be NXT Champion, and here’s why. Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish, and Roderick Strong roll up on the stage and Cole says Triple H was wrong when he said their match would be definitive.

It’ll be Undisputed.

Undisputed ERA pose on the stage.

Aliyah & Vanessa Borne vs. Kacy Catanzaro & Lacey Lane

Lane and Aliyah to start, Aliyah with a handful of hair and a slap, tagging Borne in, double one-handed bulldog into a cover, no good. Knucklelock, Lacey pulls away, chest kick, springboard lucha arm drag and Vanessa rolls to the floor! Lane slides out after her, chasing her around and back in where she tags Aliyah in. Aliyah cuts Lane off with a kick and throws her back inside, laying right hands into her in the corner.

Tag made, wrenching Lacey’s neck over the ropes before Borne hangs her up in a modified Tree of Woe and kicks her back repeatedly! Headbutt connects, tag to Aliyah and they work her over, culminating with a seated senton as Shayna Baszler and her Horse Ladies come down. Referee Jessika Carr tries to restore order as Aliyah and Borne leave and Baszler kicks Lane out of the ring...

Kacy Catanzaro & Lacey Lane win by disqualification, presumably.

Kirifuda Clutch on Catanzaro but she slips away, double dropkick on Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke but when she comes back to Baszler she gets taken down into the Kirifuda Clutch for good! Shayna stands tall, holding her NXT Women’s Championship up.

The Queen of Spades goes to the commentary desk and says this is going to keep happening before standing on the desk to raise the title high.

We go into a featureless black void with Aleister Black and Ricochet as they prepare for their match.

Kona Reeves vs. Matt Riddle

Circling, Reeves pops off a slap to the face and Riddle rushes him into the corner. Double leg blocked, more slaps from Kona, side headlock, punch to the forehead, whip denied so he slugs Matt with a knee to the midsection. Wristlock, dragging him but our Bro kicks him away, sunset flip, roll through, kick his legs out from under him, kick misses, moonsault lands on his feet, senton connects!

Karelin lift follows and Velveteen Dream is wheeled out onto stage on a couch. Reeves from behind, Riddle shrugs his first attempt off but Kona hits a back suplex that nearly puts him away! Dream bathed in purple light (hey, so am I!) as Reeves goes to town, overhead elbow into an Anaconda Vise! Riddle out, thinking European Clutch, no good, laying palm strikes in, boot to the chest, Pele kick!

Float over, ripcord knee connects and our Bro is a red-faced god of war! Arm-trap elbows, hammering them down...

Matt Riddle wins by submission with the Bromission.

As soon as he’s announced as winner, Velveteen cuts the announcement off and says Riddle has earned a title shot for the NXT North American Championship at TakeOver: New York. The King of Bros marches up to VD’s couch and takes his chalice, drinking whatever liquid is in it! He gets on the mic and tells him he’ll see him in New York, bro.

We go backstage with Forgotten Sons as they get ready for the finals, which are up next.

Commentary hypes up next week’s show, promising us Bianca Belair vs. Kairi Sane.

Aleister Black & Ricochet vs. Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake) (2019 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals)

All four men brawling to start, Forgotten Sons being forced to the floor where they regroup with the assistance of Jaxson Ryker. Back in, Blake and Black legal, Wesley with a side headlock, block the shoot off on the first try, works on the second, shoulder block but right back to the headlock. Tag to Cutler, arm wringer, clubs to the shoulder and elbow, another ar wringer, off the ropes, duck the elbow, boot up on the charge.

Tags made, double whip reversed, duck the lariats, over their backs and Aleister and Ricochet pose! The One and Only with a dropkick, off the ropes, slide out, duck a right hand, Black gets a kick in, Tiger feint off the apron, back in and off the ropes... SASUKE SPECIAL! Black and Ricochet pose on the turnbuckles, the King of Flight throws Steve back in, he rolls out and Aleister cuts him off.

Ricochet in with chops, back inside, going for a handspring but Ryker nails him with a double axehandle from the floor! Blake capitalizes, putting boots to him, whip across into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, only two! Tag to Cutler, nearfall into a knee to the back, whip to the corner and Ricochet takes the turnbuckles hard. Pulling the One and Only up, forearm to the kidneys, still only two!

Kneeling rear chinlock, Ricochet back to his feet, right hands, Steve doing his best to hold him back from the tag! Slingshot backbreaker... NOPE! Tag to Wesley, double backbreaker, still only two! Leg pick, tag back to Cutler, axehandle to the back and the rear chinlock is back on! Wrenching way back with it, Ricochet almost bent at a 90 degree angle but he gets out with axehandles to the midsection.

Reaching, slung into the corner, boots up, kicking Steve away, rolling thunder dropkick gets him some breathing room! Passing Blake to the floor, landing on his feet off a back suplex, duck a lariat, no tag but Black dodged getting yanked off the apron! Chasing after the Sons, warned out, Ricochet fighting them off two for one, dropkick caught into a catapult... HE GOT THE TAG!

Aleister in hot, forcing Blake to backfist Cutler, sliding knee into a kip-up, duck the lariat, quebrada takes both men out... NOPE! Foot under Steve’s chin, raising him up, fending Blake off and that’s enough time for Cutler to ram him in the corner. Boots up, kick him away, nobody home on the stomp, Cutler hits a double underhook backbreaker... NO GOOD!

Struggle in the corner, Ricochet dives over a fireman’s carry to hit a Frankensteiner on Blake! Laying kicks in, Wesley returns, big lariat... BLACK TAKES HIM OUT WITH A TURNING SPRINGBOARD METEORA! Tag back to the One and Only, trading shots with Blake, uppercut for uppercut, Wes ahead, suplex denied, blocking each other again and again... FINALLY RICOCHET GETS THE STRAIGHT SUPLEX!

Back body drop to the floor, Ricochet heads up top but the Sons catch up to him. Blake up with him, avalanche Poison Frankensteiner... RICOCHET LANDS ON HIS FEET! Charging in, uppercut, right hand, fireman’s carry but Wesley slips out and hits a back elbow. Tag made, Aleister with a roundhouse kick that sets up a swinging Go 2 Sleep, cover... CUTLER BREAKS IT UP!

Cutler yanks Ricochet out, puts him into the steel, Blake with an O’Connor roll... NOPE! Tag made, Lungblower into an elbow drop... RICOCHET MAKES THE SAVE! Wristlock, tag to Steve, powerbomb into knees in the corner, inverted headlock, Black slips out, knee, roundhouse kick, both Sons down, Black Mass on Steve but Blake’s legal! Powerbomb lift... into a double knee gutbuster... BUT THE REFEREE CATCHES RYKER KNOCKING AL’S FOOT OFF THE ROPES!

Drawing Black up for the powerbomb again, he slips out, back elbow, tag to Ricochet. Black Mass connects, Black with an Orihara moonsault to keep Cutler out, the One and Only up top...

Aleister Black & Ricochet win by pinfall with the 630 senton from Ricochet on Wesley Blake.

Black & Ricochet celebrate their victory together and are presented the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic trophy.

War Raiders come down to face off with their challengers in the ring.

That’s the show, folks.

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