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Advertised for tonight: a Street Fight between Matt Riddle & Killian Dain will determine NXT champ Adam Cole’s next challenger, Dakota Kai returns, Imperium vs. Kushida & mystery partners, Dominik Dijakovic vs. Keith Lee, and more!
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WWE NXT RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR SEPT. 25
We start with a glowing look back at last week, with Triple H’s post-show stuff mixed in with glowing quotes from critics and highlights. Then the dripped in gold Undisputed ERA walk up the elevated platform above the announcers they installed last week. The camera pans down so Mauro Ranallo (flanked by Nigel McGuinness & Beth Phoenix) can welcome us to Full Sail Live. Then our first combatants enter...
Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic
Tale of the tape as the commentators catch us up on their destructive history (DD up 1 -0 in the series thanks to a double countout in their first NXT match-up). They know each other too well to hit their signature moves early, but Lee leapfrogs over a charging Dijakovic to hit a crossbody and shoulder block the taller man out of the ring all together. The referee has him allow Dom to get on the apron on his own, Keith goes to suplex him back in and eats a knee to the head, but Lee puts him down with a headbutt. They grapple on the apron until Dijakovic hits a chokeslam to send us to a commercial.
When we return, they’re fighting in the ring. It doesn’t take long before Lee pops DD up to slam him down to the mat. Dijakovic gets a brief advantage with strikes and they take turns slamming one another’s head into the turnbuckle. That sends Dom to the floor, and The Limitless One follows with a corkscrew dive! He rolls Dijakovic back in but gets caught in a guillotine. There’s an awkward cover, but they end up brawling in the middle of the ring again. A big head butt puts DD down, and Keith follows with a moonsault from the top, but Dijakovic kicks out at two!
Lee carries his opponent to the corner and sets Dominik up on the top turnbuckle. He tries to lift DD, but takes some punches and ends up in position for a Canadian Destroyer from the top! One - two no! He follows up with a moonsault of his own, but Keith starts to stir immediately and sits up, lifting Dijakovic in the process.
Keith Lee def. Dominik Dijakovic via pinfall after a jackhammer
We see a Tale of the Tape for next week’s Women’s title match between champ Shayna Baszler and challenger Candice LeRae. Both hours are on USA on Oct. 2 with “limited commercial interruptions”. We also see the end of last week’s Street Fight and General Manager William Regal angrily announcing tonight’s re-start as a #1 contenders match.
After a break, we hear from the Street Profits. Angelo Dawkins says next week they’ll become two time champs. Montez Ford says they won’t stop until they do.
Dakota Kai vs. Taynara
Kai gets a loud response to her return from injury. They trade kicks at the start, and the Captain of Team Kick gets the better of it, but when Dakota climbs to try and end things early, the Brazilian crotches her. She throws her back in a lights Kai up with kicks. Nearfall after judo toss from the former Conti, Dakota slips through the ropes on an Irish whip and lines Taynara up for a kick to the head on the apron. More foot attacks in the ring, running yakuza kick in the corner, and...
Dakota Kai def. Taynara via pinfall after the GTK (Go 2 Kick)
Cathy Kelley has breaking news, which is actually the already announced Imperium vs. Kushida & mystery partners match coming in hour two on WWE Network.
Johnny Gargano gets a quick hype video, and the announce team reminds us again about next week’s two title matches from “NXT Arena”.
Matt Riddle vs. Killian Dain
Strikes at the bell, but neither man will go down. Dain throws Riddle out of the ring, but the King of Bros is back in with a double leg and a quick submission attempt. The Irishman gets free, but doesn’t do much else before he’s suplexed down, and then hit with a running forearm on the floor. Commercial time.
Nikki Cross’ hubby is in charge when we return, and we’re shown that he got control with a big drop kick on the floor. Riddle is quickly back in charge with a high knee and forearm combo. A suplex and some Bro-tons gets a nearfall. He eventually misses a roundhouse and that allows Killian to hit a slam and senton of his own, which he follows with a powerbomb and elbow drop for two.
The Bro blocks a powerbomb and lifts Dain for an Alabama Slam. A twisting senton off the top gets another nearfall. Killian hurls Riddle to the floor after another exchange, then dives. He throws one chair and swings another as they start to brawl to the back. Kicks and chops get Riddle back in it and put Dain down, but he fights back and crossbodies Matt through a wall! Another commercial.
Upon our routine, Riddle is kicking Dain from some bleachers, which leaves him laying across a table. A senton sends them both crashing through it. He gets Killian back in the ring and hits a springboard elbow for two, then Matt gets a chair, but he takes too long and ends up taking a crossbody onto the chair he’s holding. Dain goes back to what allowed him to win before, hitting a trio of Vader Bombs, but Riddle kicks out! A frustrated Dain attacks with a chair, then a kendo stick. He drapes a chair across the King of Bros and climbs for another Vader Bomb, but Riddle recovers, hitting him with a chair, throwing the chair at him and hitting a knee to the face through the metal! One, two, no! Riddle tries for the Bro-mission, but Dain fight out. They trade strikes, and the mixed martial artist grabs an arm bar. The Irishman fights, but Riddle yanks and it looks like he might rip his arm out at the shoulder. Dain has no choice but to tap.
Matt Riddle def. Killian Dain via submission to become the #1 contender to the NXT title
Mauro informs us that Riddle’s title shot is next week! Here comes NXT champ Adam Cole to taunt a weary Bro, but ends up getting his arm grabbed. The rest of the ERA runs out to save him, and Matt escapes, taunting Cole as he backs up the ramp.
We’re on WWE Network (no hiccups for me this week!) and Undisputed is talking up the NXT champ as he holds his wrist. Nigel walks us through some highlights from the street fight and scene that ended hour one on USA. We’re re-introduced to the entire commentary team, and are reminded about last week’s scene between Kushida and Imperium, and the trios match it set up for later tonight.
Rhea Ripley vs. Kayden Carter
The former Lacey Lane attacks at the bell, surprising Rhea with a drop kick. The Mosh Pit Kid isn’t phased for long, though. She powers her way to cover of her own, then gets Carter up for a delayed vertical suplex. She lays in some forearms, but Kayden dodges kicks, and counters a powerbomb attempt in a rana for two. Carter runs the ropes for another rana, then gets another cover off a springboard moonsault. The Aussie just gets angry. Pump handle slam and then the finish. Rhea disgustedly kicks her opponent out of the ring after the ref counts three.
Rhea Ripley def. Kayden Carter via pinfall after Riptide
Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch vs. Everrise (Chase Parker & Matt Martel)
Martel does well against both Brit-Am Brawlers, but Burch quickly gets the better of Parker. Lorcan comes back in for the tandem side Russian leg sweep, and when the referee escorts Danny out of the ring, Martel attacks illegally to put the former 3.0 in charge.
They target Oney’s back. Parker runs the ropes and knees Lorcan in the head after his partner hit a backbreaker for a two count. Parker with forearms to Lorcan for a near fall. Martel tags in and punches Lorcan, then nails a snap mare and grabs a wrist lock. Matt hits a Northern Lariat but Lorcan is able to tag in Burch.
Burch with punches to Parker and Martel. Burch with a European uppercut to Parker followed by a kick. Burch with a missile drop kick, then a forearm to Martel. He and Lorcan both freak out before the tag and...
Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch def. Everrise via pinfall after a tandem elevated DDT
We see Chelsea Green & Deonna Purrazzo in the crowd.
Cameron Grimes vs. Raul Mendoza
Grimes tries for the quick stomp, but Mendoza is wise to it and sidesteps. He gets wrist control, and focuses his attention on Cameron’s left arm. Raul continues to get the best of things until Grimes counters a cross body into a spinning slam. The North Carolinian whip Mendoza hard into the corner and starts inflicting punishment, much of it focused on Raul’s arm. Mendoza tries for a crucifix pin over a whip, but Grimes kicks out and goes back to arm bars and neck cranks, sometimes at the same time. Mendoza get to his feet and tries to break free, eventually doing so to hit a big running knee that leaves Grimes woozy. A step-up enziguri in the corner sets up a dropkick from the top. They battle in the corner, and Mendoza finally hits a Frankensteiner, but Grimes kicks out. Raul lines him up, but...
Cameron Grimes def. Raul Mendoza via pinfall after the leaping double stomp
More rundown of next week’s TakeOver-esque card
Imperium (Marcel Barthel, Fabian Aichner & Alexander Wolfe) vs. Kushida & Fashion Police
WALTER is not with his team, and the protectors of the mat’s sacredness are not excited to see Breezango. The ref has to get everybody apart to start the action. Aichner & Kushida start, and the Japanese super junior takes care of business, but quick tags get the better of him and a Wolfe suplex leaves him prone. He escapes a powerbomb and makes it to his corner where Fandango comes in and cleans things up. Breeze follows him in and gets a nearfall, but Imperium runs the numbers game to make Prince Pretty the face in peril.
Tyler is kept isolated in the heels’ corner. The combination of rest holds and tandem manuevers (and Breeze’s selling) gets a great reaction from the fans, and Full Sail is very unhappy when Tyler almost gets free thanks to some forearms, but Aichner & Wolfe yank Kushida & ‘Dango off the apron to stop a tag. Fabian goes to the well too often, though, and blasting his partners off the apron again allows Breeze to hit an enziguri and bring the Deputy in hot. Fandango cleans house, and hits a top con giro onto all three men.
Blind tag from Kushida, and he hits a drop kick on Barthel and ges into the armbar, but the rest of Imperium attacks to save their man. Breezango swoops in and they cancel out Aichner & Wolfe. Kushida follows with a handspring into a double kick. He hits the wind-up punch on Barthel, but a follow-up springboard back elbow is met with a European uppercut to the back of his head. He responds to stay undefeated in NXT, however.
Kushida & Fashion Police def. Imperium via pinfall (Kushida with an O’Conner roll on Marcel Barthel)
Kushida is celebrating on the ramp, but WALTER comes out behind him! He levels the Japanese wrestler with a boot, and stands tall with his faction to close the show.