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WWE NXT results, live blog (Jan. 15, 2020): #1 Contender Battle Royal

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 Battle Royal which will determine the #1 contender for Rhea Ripley’s NXT Women’s title, two first round Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament matches, 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 silence and a graphic honoring the late, great Rocky Johnson. Rest in power, sir.

After the highlights of last week (and a look at the end of TakeOver: Blackpool II), Mauro Ranallo & Beth Phoenix welcome us to Full Sail. We start with the new number one contender to the North American title.

Keith Lee makes his way to the ring as we’re reminded he’s challenging Roderick Strong next Wednesday. He’s got a mic, but basks in a “Oh, Bask in his glory” chant. Lee talks about the achievement he unlocked last week, and puts over how great Undisputed ERA was in 2019. They had the best year of anyone, “except for maybe me”. The difference is TUE has reached their limit, while he is Limitless. He’ll prove it next week when... here comes the ERA.

Adam Cole has a mic as the group marches their way to the ring. Hasn’t Keith seen what they did to the likes of Tommaso Ciampa and Velveteen Dream? It’s what they’re gonna do to him. Lee fights them off for a while, but DAT NUMBERS GAME gets to him. They hold him down while a chair is wrapped around his ankle and Roddy jumps on it. Ciampa makes the save, but the damage is done.

We get a reminder that Balor vs. Gargano is now official for TakeOver: Portland, then Mauro informs us that Tegan Nox returned for the first time since WarGames. She’ll be in the battle royal tonight. Faceless interviewer catches up with her outside and she talks about how she’s looking forward to getting her hands on Dakota Kai in the match. Before she can say much more, though, Candice LeRae runs in and hugs her. We also see Mia Yim, Bianca Belair and Io Shirai getting ready.

The Bro-serweights (Matt Riddle & Pete Dunne) vs. South Wales Subculture (Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster)

Andrews and Dunne start, but tags come quickly and the action is fast as we get to a fourway standoff as we go PiP. On the small screen, Riddle suplexes Flash, sloughs off Mark and sets the stage for his team to control things. Shortly after we return, Webster tries and fails to get free. Then Dunne hits an X-Plex and Riddle gets two off a Bro-ton.

Webster slips a double team and gets a tag, and Mandrews cleans house. He low bridges both men, tags his partner and we get tandem topes onto Dunne & Riddle on the floor. Back in, an assisted step-up senton gets SWSC a near fall on the Bruiserweight, but Webster springboards into a forearm. The newer team gets off some cool tandem offense, with Dunne releasing Mandrews from an X-Plex into a powerbomb by Riddle. Stereo kicks look to end it, but Webster breaks up the pin.

German suplex to Andrews gets Riddle two, then Andrews lands on his feet on a follow-up. Running knee leads to near fall when Mark grabs the bottom rope. Dunne tags in after another Bro-ton. Stomps and an ankle lock, but Andrews rolls through, followed by a Northern Lights suplex and a double stomp, then another commercial. Webster is cleaning house when we return. He sends both his opponents outside, then nails them with a swanton from the top turnbuckle!

Back in with Riddle and a tag to Andrews, who dives from the top but gets caught. Reversal and a kick from Webster sends The Bro bouncing into the corner. Dunne gets DDT-ed on the apron, but Riddle spears both men inside out, but gets pulled into an inside cradle by Flash for two. He hits a weak Pele before tagging Dunne. Combo Bro to Sleep/enziguri gets two. Dunne and Ansdrews become the legal men. Dunne stops his slide with a kick to the back. Dunne blocks a DDT counter but has the Explex turned into Stundog Millionaire. Riddle is taken out but then catches Flash’s dive into a Bro Derek on the outside. Inside, Dunne is up on an SSP attempt and catches Andrews with a forearm. Bitter End onto Riddle’s Knee caps it off.

The Bro-serweights def. South Wales Subculture via pinfall to advance to the semi-finals of the Dusty Classic

Matt tries to get Pete to groove to his theme song afterwards, but Dunne won’t bite.

We’re informed Nigel McGuinness has the night off after working TakeOver in Blackpool, then Beth recaps the end of that show. We see WALTER’s post-match promo in German. Phoenix informs us it means Imperium will be here next week.

Cathy Kelley is backstage, and she tells us doctors rushed to check on Keith Lee. It’s unclear if he’ll be able to go next week, but Cathy will get us an update asap.

Daddy’s home. Ciampa is all business as he hits the ring with mic in hand. He says it’s clear TUE has a hit list. Well so does he. Adam Cole took his life when he took Goldy, and there will be no more distractions. He’s taking his life back.

Here comes Undisputed. He lasts a little longer than Keith did, but ends up getting stomped in the corner... but here comes Johnny! Gargano fights off the ERA. Ciampa with Willow’s Bell to Cole! Superkick to Bobby Fish! He’s down in the middle of the ring, #DIY look at each other - Meeting In The Middle! They look each other over before Johnny starts to celebrate.

Time Splitters (Kushida & Alex Shelley) vs. Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson & James Drake)

Full Sail is very excited to see Shelley, and he starts with Liverpool’s #1. He ends up in the heel corner, but then chops Drake into his corner. Tandem offense in the opposite corner, then stereo dives. The reunited good guys hit both UK Superstars with team maneuvers. Nearfall off a dual delayed suplex on Gibson. Drake with the save, and eventually he tags in as Zack clears Alex out with a baseball slide and James hits Kushida with a drop kick after launching off his partner’s back. We got to commercial with GYV standing tall.

Shelley’s isolated when we return. After a dive into a backbreaker on the outside, Gibson brings him. After a nearfall, Shelley is able to avoid more offense and get the tag. Kushida clears Gibson out and hits Drake with the fastball punch and a takedown into an arm bar. He survives and gets a tag, the heels get two off a neckbreaker/superkick combo. Kushida stays alive with kicks until his partner recovers. Tandem moonsaults on Drake, but Gibson breaks up the pin. They continue to push their advantage with team moves, but Zack is able to push Kushida off the top before he can hit their last spot. Shelley fights alone, and ends up getting wheelbarrowed into double knees to the chest.

Grizzled Young Veterans def. Time Splitters via pinfall to advance to the semi-finals of the Dusty Classic

Kushida & Shelley offer their hands afterwards. Grizzled Young Veterans bail, and Gibson gets a mic. They didn’t travel all this way to shake hands while the Full Sail hipsters pretend to know who Alex is. He puts over Time Splitters as a great team - of the past. They’re a great team of the present and future. And they’re gonna win the Dusty Classic.

We see Robert Stone and Chelsea Green walking outside “earlier today”. He’s not gonna let the hottest former free agent share the spotlight in the battle royal, so they’re leaving. She’s out of the #1 contender match.

We get a promo for Worlds Collide’s Finn Balor/Ilja Dragunov match. Then Cruiserweight champion Angel Garza joins commentary for the match which will determine one of his challengers on that show.

Lio Rush vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Tyler Breeze

Breeze gets on offense early, and gets a quick cover on Rush, but it’s not long before Swerve is in the driver’s seat. He and Lio take turns working over Prince Pretty, then do some Matrix stuff when Rush backflips off the apron to avoid a tope from Scott. They brawl on the floor, which gives Breeze time to recover and nail some kicks from the apron as we head to a break.

Swerve and Lio are trying to suplex each other over the ropes when we gets back. Breeze joins the in-ring side for a towering spot which brings Scott into the ring the hard way. Things go fast from there, with Tyler missing a dive then eating one from Lio, who is then taken out by Scott. Rush gets a standing Spanish Fly for two. He heads up top, but Breeze catches him. He gets punched, but recovers to hit a supermodel kick on Rush as he’s leapfrogging over Swerve. He tries for a suplex on Scott, but he can’t lift him. An exhange ends with Tyler eating a punch from Scott.

More mayhem, which leads to another big dive from Rush taking out Breeze, then a FInal Hour splash onto Swerve, but Tyler breaks up the pin. All three men are up for punching. First Rush, then Breeze are taken out with kicks. Final Hour to Breeze! Scott tries to steal, but gets hit with The Come-Up! Tyler tries for a roll-up, but Rush kicks out. Out of some more chaos, Scott grabs Prince Pretty. JML Driver!

Isaiah “Swerve” Scott def. Tyler Breeze & Lio Rush via pinfall to claim a spot in the Fatal 4Way Cruiserweight title match at Worlds Collide

Garza and Scott posture at one another.

Kelley catches up with Rhea Ripley. She vows to go right through Toni Stom at Worlds Collide, and then through whoever wins the battle royal. This is her division now, and the Nightmare is just beginning.

Cathy catches up to Johnny Gargano outside. She asks how the #DIY reunion came to be, and here come Ciampa. They agree to answer Moustache Mountain’s challenge for old time’s sake. Here comes Undisputed ERA. Security is keeping them apart, and before that can change, here comes Keith Lee! A security guy gets pounced through a hedge! Another gets thrown off a car! Someone else bounces off a table! Next week, Lee declares the prophecy ends with him!

Mauro confirms Lee is cleared for next week, and we’ll also have both Dusty semis. Trent Seven & Tyler Bate vs. Ciampa & Gargano is now official for Worlds Collide, too.

Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the NXT Women’s title

Candice LeRae, Bianca Belair, Kacy Catanzaro, Mercedes Martinez, Io Shirai, Tegan Nox get entrances. Then Shayna Baszler shows up!

Order of eliminations: MJ Jenkins (by Baszler), Jesse Kamea (by Belair), Catalina (by Baszler), Kayden Carter (by Baszler), Indi Hartwell (during break), Santana Garrett (by Baszler), Vanessa Borne (by Mia Yim), Deonna Purrazzo (by Shotzi Blackheart), Xia Li (by Baszler), Catanzaro (by Shirai), LeRae (by Belair), Yim (by Martinez), Martinez (by Baszler); Nox (by a Dakota Kai run-in); Baszler (by Blackheart); Blackheart (by Belair)

Noteable: Purrazzo beat up Blackheart after she was eliminated but didn’t eliminate her; there was an extended Martinez/Baszler brawl; Dakota Kai was advertised but only showed up to eliminate Nox and throw a knee brace in her former friend’s face; Blackheart snuck back in to shock Shayna.

Mini-match between the final two, Shirai & Belair.

They wail on each other. Bianca wants a powerbomb over the top but Io fights it off. She trips a charging Bianca and hits the Tiger Feint Kick. Io climbs up and has her cross body caught into a fallaway slam. Glam Slam is thwarted and Shirai is rolled into the turnbuckle. They fight to the top and Bianca blocks a super rana. She nearly alley oops her over and out but that’s blocked. They come back down and Io kicks Bianca to the apron. Belair with a low bridge and now they’re both in a precarious position on the apron. Bianca stomps her and lifts her for the KOD. Io slips out and wants a German off the apron, but The EST holds the ropes and elbows free. Belair eats an uppercut and slides back under the ropes, but Shirai steps on her hair. Bianca trips her using it and Io lands on the apron. They’re both back in. They trade shots and Shirai connects with a dropkick. Bianca with a spear. KOD is countered and Io has the hair. German suplex! Double knees in the corner. Shirai lifts her opponent for a powerbomb to the floor, but Belair slips free. KOD all the way to the floor!

Bianca Belair wins the battle royal and the right to challenge Rhea Ripley at TakeOver: Portland

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