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WWE NXT RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR FEB. 26
We get our rundown of last week, then Mauro Ranallo welcomes us to the show by talking up NXT’s tenth anniversary. Then we look out back and see Charlotte Flair roll up in a limo, and General Manager William Regal is there to greet her. Beth Phoenix & Nigel McGuinness talk about that, and it’s time for our first match.
Dominik Dijakovic vs. Cameron Grimes
This is set-up because Grimes didn’t like Double-D using excuses to try and jump back to the front of the North American title line. The size and strength advantage allows Dominik to control things early, but the smaller man is able to hit a drop kick after a standing switch. Grimes presses the advantage with a knee to the mid-section, but even raking the eyes doesn’t help him when he gets hit with a cyclone kick. That gets two for Dijakovic, as does a springboard splash. They go back and forth a bit, with a rana putting Grimes in charge until he gets thrown over the top rope. After he’s thrown back in the ring, he catches Dominik with a baseball slide, and follows with a PK from the apron as we get some split screen commercials.
The North Carolinian stays in charge during the break, but Double-D gets back into duriing a striking exchange. A one-armed suplex sends Grimes flying. They trade kicks, then Dijakovic turns his opponent inside out with a clothesline that gets two. Another exchange leads to a superkick and bridging German from Grimes for a nearfall, Dom dodges another baseball slide and hits a moonsault from outside to the floor. He throws Grimes in and climbs to the apron himself, and here comes Damian Priest! He kneecaps Dijakovic with a nightstick and jumps into the stands. The big man barely beats the referee’s count, but he rolls right into a Cave In, and we have an upset.
Cameron Grimes def. Dominik Dijakovic via pinfall
Trainers check on Dijakovic and we head backstage where Cathy Kelley replacement guy gets an update on the women’s division from Mr. Regal. Starting next week, we’ll have qualifying matches for a #1 contender’s match at TakeOver: Tampa. That will be a ladder match, and the winner gets first shot at the Flair/Rhea Ripley winner after WrestleMania.
After commercials, we see footage of Dijakovic being helped to the back. Then, it’s the Prinxe!
Finn Balor says he’s not an internet or backstage politics guy, but when the bell rings, he’s The Guy. He builds brands. Japan - done it. Mexico - done it. Intercontinental, Universal, NXT... done it. It’s WrestleMania season, and everyone’s trying to peak for Mania, but he’s been at his peak for 20 years. So the big question is, what’s next for the Prince? Who’s gonna get that Finn rub? Matt Riddle got it. Johnny Gargano got it. Ilja Dragunov did too. So...
Imperium is here! It’s Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel! Barthel says Mr. Balor is mistaken, because there’s one thing he hasn’t done. WALTER sends his regards. Finn is able to fight them off for a while, but the numbers get to him. The Imperium duo stand tall after driving Balor’s head into the steel steps.
Austin Theory talks some trash about Tommaso Ciampa as we get some more ads.
We get a quick teaser that definitely made me think of Killer Kross, and then we see footage of Bianca Belair arriving earlier today. Charlotte wants The EST, Bianca’s gonna make sure she gets it.
Xia Li vs. Mia Yim
Code of Honor, but Mia holds the handshake to talk some trash... so Xia tries to kick her head off. Yim answers with a drop kick, then another for two. Li grabs the bottom rope and manages to boot Mia off, but is quickly kicked back down. Yim drives her boot into Li’s face, utilizing the five count. A rollings senton follow-up misses, though, and a series of kicks from Xia... but one misses and then Mia hits Eat D-Feet. But then Dakota Kai is here.
She asks if Yim remembers when she took her WarGames spot, before Dakota took it right back. This is the perfect time to address that. This allows Li to roll-up Mia.
Xia Li def. Mia Yim via pinfall
Kai sends Raquel Gonzalez into attack Yim, which she does. Li jumps on her back to try to help, but gets thrown down; The big Texan takes them both out and stands tall while Dakota laughs ringside.
We see Ciampa getting ready. His match is after a break.
Velveteen Dream is promo-ing to a mirror in his grandmother’s best Sunday hat. He remembers Undisputed ERA breaking his back, but he also remembers beating Roderick Strong last week. But that’s not enough. He wants it all. So next week, how about Mr. Regal leaves that steel cage up and gives him Roddy in the cage?
Tommaso Ciampa vs. Austin Theory
The announcers talk up how pissed Theory is after last week, and he comes out hot, eventually downing Ciampa with a shoulder block after both men evade attacks for a while. Tommaso catches him with a boot off a whip soon after, though, and grounds things. He sidesteps another drop kick, then throws Theory to the floor after he fights off Willow’s Bell. He tries to throw the younger man into the barricade again, but Austin catches himself and fires back with a slap. After a bit of offense for Theory, Ciampa sends him face first into the ring post as we go to commercial.
Theory’s in charge when we get back, and gets two on a moonsault. Ciampa fires up and delivers a German suplex before adding a running knee. Theory avoids the Fairytale Ending but takes a huge knee strike out of a roll for a near fall. They trade strikes and Theory’s rolling Blockbuster connects. Buckle Bomb is next, then Ataxia gets two. Theory escapes Fairytale Ending again and hits a spinout facebuster for a near fall. Outside, Theory starts throwing Ciampa into the guardrail a few times as payback for last week. On his way back in, he eats a kick and then gets hit with Willow’s Bell. Fairytale Ending finishes it.
Tommaso Ciampa def. Austin Theory via pinfall
The victor has barely had his hand raised when here comes Johnny Gargano! He takes Ciampa out, then sits on the apron next to his body and does a slow clap. He grabs Ciampa by the head and throws him to the floor, then stalks around him until a graphic comes up and the announce team resumes hyping the main event.
The Undisputed ERA are hanging out in front of trailer with their flag hung it. Roddy says he and Dream actually agree on something. He wants the cage match, because he doesn’t think Velveteen knows what will happen when they’re locked in there together. Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly talk about how much they hate Matt Ridd-el and Peter Doone, and how much history they have as a team. Adam Cole says his teammates will regain their titles and their prophecy will continue.
Bronson Reed vs. Killian Dain
Big boy lock-up. Dain drives Reed into the corner, then tries for a slam but can’t lift Auzilla. Reed kind of gets him up for one, though, then flies to flatten the Irishman on the ramp after he rolls out there. Dain is able to regain the advantage back in the ring, where he gets a quick two count. He works the heat until Bronson connects with an atomic drop, then both guys blow each other up with crossbodies. Striking exchange finally won by Reed with a clothesline. He follows with a slam, straps come down. He throws Dain into the corner then hits a hip attack. Dain quickly fires back with a throw, but when he goes for a Vader Bomb he eats knees. The Australian fires back with a Death Valley Bomb, but can only get two. Reed back up top, but Dain catches up. Superplex! Killian up first, hits a trio of sentons, then connects with the Vader Bomb.
Killian Dain def. Bronson Reed via pinfall
We’re reminded that Forgotten Sons didn’t like Grizzled Young Veterans mocking America last week. That match is next.
But first, a hype video to remind us that BroserWeights are a thing now.
Forgotten Sons vs. Grizzled Young Veterans
Zack Gibson promos his way to the ring running down the red, white and blue, prompting a “U.S.A.” chant. Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler charge the ring and Gibson & James Drake bail. Jaxson Ryker gives them a pep talk before Blake starts with Gibson. Murphy’s old partner gets the best of that, drop kicking both GYV before bringing in Cutler for a tandem manuever. Strikes, but Drake does the spot where he buffers the corner when his partner’s whipped into it. The Brits with a tag, and Drake grounds the former Marine.
The former NXT UK tag champs get in some double team offense and work quick tags for a few nearfalls. Blake with a blind tag off a whip, and he gets two on Drake after a scoop slam. Drake rolls out but runs into Ryker. That gives Blake a chance to take out both Grizzled Young Veterans. They throw Drake onto Gibson on the floor, then it’s time for a commercial.
The heels (I guess the Sons are faces now) have Blake trapped in their corner when we return. He battles back, but Liverpool’s #1 grounds him and keeps him there with a rear chin lock. He gets a tag off a neckbreaker, bringing Cutler in hot. He gets a nearfall on Drake then locks in a Boston Crab. He lets go to chase Gibson off the apron. Fisherman’s Driver gets two, but it’s too close to the ropes and Zack pulls his partner’s foot onto the rope. That draws the ire of Ryker, who chases Gibson. Drake flies to take out the big man, and things break down all over. Drake eventually shoves Gibson away from a Blake moonsault attempt, which leaves him prone for Ticket To Mayhem.
Grizzled Young Veterans def. Forgotten Sons via pinfall
Another Cathy Kelley replacement asks Tegan Nox about her steel cage match next week. Nox thought she had things figured out in Portland, but she didn’t count on Raquel Gonzalez. But next week, Gonzalez isn’t a factor. Dakota started this is a cage, and next week she ends it in one.
We see Charlotte lacing up her boots. The main event is next!
After another Killer Kross-looking vignette, we learn that Strong and Dream will be in a steel cage next week. Interviewer guy catches up with Damian Priest, who’s leaving Full Sail with a couple of ladies. He has nothing against Dijakovic, he was just in the way of something he wants. And now Keith Lee knows exactly what that is.
Bianca Belair vs. Charlotte Flair
“You don’t go here” chant as The EST tells The Queen to bring it as Charlotte waits her out. Flair drives Belair into the corner, then draws a line on the mat that Bianca immediately steps across. Mat wrestling exchange win by Flair, but then Belair breaks free, hops off some charges, nails a drop kick and taunts The Queen. Bianca goes for some squats with Flair on her shoulder, but Charlotte slips free. Chops and a boot puts down The EST and we go split screen.
Flair stays in the driver’s seat through the break. Belair slips out the back on a sleeper. Facebuster, then a double chicken wing slam gets two. They trade abdominal stretches. Flair missed a senton, then eats a handspring moonsault that gets two. Bianca gets her up in a powerbomb set-up, but Charlotte lands on her feet when she tries to launch her over her head into the turnbuckles. She sends Belair into the turnbuckles. Boston crab, but Bianca powers out. Sitout powerbomb for two from The Queen! A boot misses and Charlotte gets hung up in the ropes. Outside and back in, they trade spears. Natural selection!
Charlotte Flair def. Bianca Belair via pinfall
Flair gets a chair after the match, which prompts Rhea Ripley’s music. For some reason, the NXT champ takes the time to do her entire entrance routine, which gives Charlotte time to Pillmanize Bianca’s ankle and lock in a Figure Four. The show ends as Rhea is finally charging the ring.