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WWE NXT results, live blog (Mar. 4, 2020): Two cage matches

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: Tegan Nox & Dakota Kai and Velveteen Dream & Roderick Strong look to settle their feuds in a steel cage, Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish vs. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, 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!


After our standard “last week on NXT” open, Mauro Ranallo welcomes us to Full Sail. He’s joined by Nigel McGuinness. Ranallo informs us that Beth Phoenix is at home “convalescing with her family” after Randy Orton RKO-ed her on Raw.

Tegan Nox vs. Dakota Kai

Raquel Gonzalez accompanied Kai to the ring, and waits outside after Dakota enters the cage. Striking exchange from the jump. Nox gets the better of that, and she manages to stop herself on before Kai can whip her into the sides a couple times. A crossbody from the middle turnbuckle leads to a nearfall, but it isn’t long until the heel takes control. She works the heat while Gonzalez taunts Nox from the outside, but Tegan powers her way free and hits a series of running back elbows in the corner, followed by a cannonball. Kai sidesteps a follow-up and tosses her into the cage as we go split-screen. More of the Kiwi on offense while the ads play.

Nox has fought back to her feet by the time we return, and throws Kai back and forth across the cage. She tries for an escape after a bit more offense, but it’s too soon. Dakota catches her and hits a chiropractor for a two count. Kai tries to follow up with a knee brace attack, but Nox rolls her up for two. Headbutt puts both women down, but Tegan is up first and climbs. She’s at the top when Dakota catches up to her. Nox with a chokeslam-like throw from the top rope. She hesitates to do anything after that, taking in what she’d done, which gives Kai a chance to recover. They trade signature moves in the corner, with the Welshwoman hitting the final move with a cannonball that gets two. She climbs again, but faced with Gonzalez on the floor, opts to hit the crossbody from the top! Nox crawls to the door, but Gonzalez blocks the way.

Tegan dodges a boot, and Kai kicks the door right into Raquel. She gets free from the top rope and turns right into the Shiniest Wizard. That only gets two, so Nox heads to the gate but Gonzalez is there again. Tegan kicks her to the floor and heads up top, but Kai catches up. Nox throws her to the mat again, but Gonzalez stalls the face from heading over the top. Dakota scampers to the door, but Nox kicks the cage shut on her surgically reconstructed knee! Tegan looks to drop to the floor while Dakota writhes in pain, but Raquel uses the door to pin her to the cage while Kai slides out the door to the floor.

Dakota Kai def. Tegan Nox via cage escape

Nox can’t believe it. The heels gloat from the stage.

Finn Balor says chess is a game of reactions, but he’s always made the first move. He thanks WALTER for forcing his hand, but the UK champ is not going to like his reaction. Finn will see WALTER sooner than he thinks.

After a break, we get a video of Rhea Ripley visiting Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, site of her NXT title defense against Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 36. She puts over her rise from Australian gyms to a stadium, and says when she came to NXT, people always compared her to Flair. She changed up her look and has made it her mission to not be a “mini-Charlotte”. She mentions Ric’s “To be the man” line and says at ‘Mania she’ll beat the best.

Our next match is the first qualifier for the TakeOver: Tampa #1 contender ladder match.

Shotzi Blackheart vs. Chelsea Green

Robert Stone introduces his only client. Blackheart is on fire at the start, but Green sidesteps a bronco buster and hits a backstabber. It’s not long after she hits a drop kick off the top and the Unprettier (hers is called the “I’m Prettier”) to earn a spot in the ladder match.

Chelsea Green def. Shotzi Blackheart via pinfall

We get some rapid fire, Killer Kross (probably) images after a break.

Mauro tells us Dominik Dijakovic suffered a hamstring hematoma as result of Damian Priest’s attack last week and is week-to-week. The North American champ is here to discuss that and the chase for his title. After glory is basked in, Keith Lee greets us. Ever since becoming the champion, many have been invoking his name. Like Dijakovic and Priest. He gives Damian credit... but before he can finish he’s interrupted by Cameron Grimes.

Grimes says Keith doesn’t need to be talking about those other guys. He needs to be talking about him. It’s hard to hear him over a loud “No One Likes You” chant and boos. Lee tells him he’s made the gravest mistake of his career. Grimes starts talking again, but is drowned out again. Keith tries to help again, but it doesn’t. Cameron eventually gets to say General Manager William Regal gave him a title shot next week. Lee shoves him out of the ring and says if Grimes is a star, he’s five star. Keith will give him an ass whooping next week.

We see the video from earlier today setting up Austin Theory vs. Swerve Scott. Then we get the Undisputed ERA warming up for their matches tonight while Adam Cole gives them a pep talk.

Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish vs. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch

Nigel & Mauro remind us this is a rematch of a killer match in Chicago a couple years ago. Fish & Lorcan start with a striking exchange. They each hit cheap shots to the non-legal men, bringing all four into the ring. Burch thwarts a double team and nails Fish with a headbutt. The ERA duo roll out, Lorcan follows with a dive, and we got to break. Bobby’s in charge when get back, but Oney is hulking up. Fish puts him down and tries for a senton atomico, but Lorcan gets his knees up. Tags for both men, and Burch is the hotter of the hot tags. O’Reilly lures him over to the ropes where Fish grabs his legs, and that eventually allows Undisputed to take control and isolate Burch.

There’s some great cool Kyle douchebaggery during the heat. Burch counters a suplex into a crossbody and gets to his corner. Oney is his full wildman self. Blockbusters for everyone, then a corkscrew tope on both men. He sets up to hit Europeans on the ERA members in opposite corners, but O’Reilly & Fish recover to hit high/low for three.

Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish vs. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch

Undisputed on the mic afterwards. Kyle’s glad to be back to their winning ways, but something’s missing. Bobby says that’s because their belts are with the Loserweights. He runs down how the rest of the ERA are taking care of business, and the will too... here comes Matt Riddle.

The Bro says he’s down, and Stallion Pete’s down. The NXT universe is down, and he’s sure Stallion Regal is down. Here comes Grizzled Young Veterans! James Drake & Zack Gibson blast the champs from behind. Gibson on the mic and says they don’t care about TUE’s rematch clause and they’re not gonna wait for Mr. Regal. It’s out with the old and in with the new in the tag division, and they’re soon to become the world’s number one.

We’re getting a Ranallo sitdown interview with Johnny Gargano later, but next is Theory/Swerve.

Austin Theory vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott

Scott ties him up earlier, but Theory knocks him down with a shoulder block. The story at the start is that Swerve’s experience & speed give him an advantage. A jumping back kick puts the youngster down as we go to commercial. During the break, Theory got back in it with a gutwrench suplex, but he’s selling damage to his left arm. Punching exchange in the middle of the ring won by Swerve, he follows it with a clothesline. Diving uppercut to the back of Theory’s neck, then a flurry of kicks on the bad arm. Flatliner gets two. Austin fights off a suplex and turns a rana attempt into a buckle bomb. His RP1 finisher gets a nearfall. They trade big punches. Theory goes for rolling thunder but rolls right into an arm bar. He fights it off, but Scott snaps off the injured arm. He rolls to the apron. Swerve follows to try to grab him in the corner. Theory fights whatever he was going for off and lifts him up with one arm for the ATL.

Austin Theory def. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott via pinfall

Another Killer Kross (probably) tease brings us back from commercial, and Mauro intros his interview with Johnny without mentioning it.

Ranallo says he respects Gargano as the heart and soul of NXT, but he and the NXT Universe why the sneak attacks on Tommaso Ciampa. Johnny brings up that he was the only person who went to the premiere of Bi-Polar Rock N Roller, and that’s important because Mauro tells their stories. But people think he’s only Johnny Wrestling. He disputes that his attacks on Ciampa were sneak attacks. He was wearing a powder blue sport coat last week for crying out loud. Gargano eventually flips out, pissed that Ranallo didn’t contact him after Portland but called him Johnny Turncoat last week. He calls Mauro a liar, and scares him off. Throughout, he’s been saying we know why he attacked Tommaso. Then he grabs the camera and says next week at the Performance Center, where this all started, they’re gonna deal with this the Johnny Gargano way.

A quick video recap on the Dream/Strong feud, and then it’s our last commercial before the main event.

Two title matches next week, as Lee defends against Grimes, and Undisputed ERA gets their rematch against The BroserWeights.

Velveteen Dream vs. Roderick Strong

Roddy, dressed in street clothes, enters second, and charges right at Dream as fist fly. They both avoid going face first into the cage. Velveteen jumps up when he does it, and jumps right back with a back elbow to get in the driver’s seat. He tries for an early Dream Valley Driver, but Strong grabs the rope, and is eventually able to through Dream face first into the fence. Backbreakers begin, then a series of running uppercuts, but Velveteen dodges one and sends Roddy into the cage. That’s followed with a big back body drop into the fence. With both men down, Marina Shafir runs in to give her husband a kendo stick. We split screen.

On the small screen, Dream gets the kendo stick and lights Roddy up with it a couple times, but Strong gets rid of it. He jams Velveteen’s face into the gap at he corner of the cage and works him over in the tree of woe. We return to full screen as Dream low blows Strong as he was trying to escape over the top. He follows with a Boston Crab, but Roddy follows into his version. Dream almost taps, but counters into a pinning predicament that gets two. He traps Strong between the ropes and the cage for a series of kicks. He signals for the door to be open, but Roddy stops him a grabs the kendo stick. Dream takes it back for a few swings, then Strong uses it as part of a backbreaker! He climbs, but Velveteen catches up and pants Roddy, exposing his ass to Full Sail! Strong pulls his pants up, grabs Dream off the top and hits an Olympic Slam from the top rope! He crawls into a cover for two.

Strong calls for the door, but Dream leapfrogs him. They jockey for position. DVD, but Roddy pops up! Another DVD! Velveteen climbs, but looks like he’s going for a Purple Rainmaker from there when the ERA shows up. He jumps down and uses a kendo stick to knock Fish off the side. Adam Cole rushes in and gets thrown by Dream. The door is open, and Dream shoves Roddy to the floor, sacrificing the match for a shot at the champ.

Roderick Strong def. Velveteen Dream via cage escape

Dream locks the door and goes to town on the champ. Roddy tries to get in as Velveteen gets a chair. Strong ends up in his own tree of woe while Cole gets a Dream Valley Driver on the chair! He grabs the belt, poses with it, and hits the downed champ with it. He then climbs to the corner of the cage and poses with the title as Full Sail chants his name.

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