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WWE NXT results, live blog (April 29, 2020): Keith Lee vs. Damian Priest

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: Another empty arena show featuring Keith Lee defending his North American title against Damian Priest, Women’s champion Charlotte Flair in non-title action against Mia Yim, 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!


Tom Phillips narrates an overview of the Interim Cruiserweight Title Tournament thus far, then kicks it to Mauro Ranallo & Beth Phoenix to call our first match (this was likely filmed this morning or afternoon so the call could be done remotely). They kick it back to Phillips to run down the current standings in the tourney,

Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. El Hijo del Fantasma

Fantasma with a couple early covers as he taunts Swerve. It’s all Fantasma early, including with a dive to the outside, but Scott crotches his opponent off the top and hits a rana off the middle rope onto Fantasma. The pace picks back up until Isaiah dodges a baseball slide and hits Fantasma in the face with a kick from the apron that sends us to our first commercial.

Swerve is still in control and stretching Fantasma when we return. He goes for a sunset flip off the top, but it gets reversed into a drop kick which puts Fantasma in the driver’s seat. Frankensteiner off the top, and El Hijo climbs for a frog splash that almost ends it. They trade chops in the middle of the ring, but a punch drops Fantasma. Swerve follows with a German suplex, but Fantasma rolls out. A Fosbery Flop misses, and it’s answered with an Arrow From the Depths of Hell! He tried to follow-up with a Phantom Driver, then the broadcast video freezes. When it comes back, Swerve gets three off a crucifix.

Isaiah “Swerve” Scott (1 - 1) def. El Hijo del Fantasma (1 - 1) via pinfall

Post-match chat with McKenzie Mitchell on the ramp, and Swerve says he needs this more than anyone. When the tournament is over, this will be Swerve’s house.

Candice LeRae will be in action next, with Johnny Gargano in her corner. We also learn that we’ll here for Adam Cole tonight, and he’ll address the proposed NXT title match with Velveteen Dream (which is our first mention of Dream tonight).

We see Dominik Dijakovic walking around outside somewhere “earlier today”. He’s talking about Johnny Gargano and how he’s turned on the people who made him now, and growing up Djiakovic’s family always told him to never forget where he came from. He wants to see if Gargano can back up his words in the ring next week.

During the break, El Hijo del Fantasma was talking in the ring when he had to fight off another kidnapping attempt from some masked luchadors.

Candice LeRae has a new entrance befitting the Poison Pixie, and her husband serves as her hype man, calling her his favorite wrestler and the best wrestler in the world.

Candice LeRae vs. Kacy Catanzaro

LeRae muscles Kacy into the corner and then mocks Catanzaro when she asks for a break. Candice wants a test of strength, but it’s not long before the acrobatic American Ninja Warrior takes control... but that doesn’t last long. LeRae getting her knees up on a twisting splash ends Kacy’s roll, and Candice overpowers her for a while. She points to Johnny as she goes to use the Garga-No Escape, but Catanzaro rolls her up for two. That just pisses LeRae off. She bullies Kacy around for a while, the stomps her face out of a bow-and-arrow-esque stretch in a move we’re told is called Wicked Step-Sister.

Candice LeRae def. Kacy Catanzaro via pinfall

Johnny goes to escort her out, but Candice rushes back in to lock on the Garga-No Escape. Her hubby is smitted with the new LeRae.

Damian Priest is pacing in front of his own flag backstage. He says he knows Keith Lee is hurting, but tonight he finally gets to finish what he started. At the end of the night, Lee will be basking in his glory.

When we return, Matt Riddle & Timothy Thatcher are on stage. Riddle knows there’s been a lot of criticism of WWE throwing tag teams together, but he and Pete Dunne are real bros. And he knows Thatcher like the back of his hand... if he knew the back of his hand for two weeks. So to prove they belong together, they’re gonna play The Newly-Bro Game! with host Byron Saxton!

Byron is repulsed by his intro to Thatcher’s intro, which mentions he once popped a man’s eye out. This thing has a laugh track, and involves Matt making a “wake and bake” joke when the topic comes to what he had for breakfast. They get the first three clues through some wacky hijinks, but when Saxton is going to take them to the speed round, Imperium attacks!

While Thatcher is stunned, Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel take out Riddle, eventually dropping him on the concrete floor. Stallion Timothy fights back, but the numbers game takes him out. A tandem diving elbow/powerbomb takes him out, and WALTER’s boys pose over Thatcher with the belts as we head to a commmercial.

Tom kicks it to a Make-A-Wish video to celebrate World Wish Day. Then we see Adam Cole backstage, and he says General Manager William Regal says he has to defend his NXT title against Velveteen Dream next week. Cole still doesn’t think Dream is worthy, but he’ll show up next week as champ and leave as champ, because he’s the greatest NXT champ in history.

Mia Yim vs. Charlotte Flair

It’s all the Queen in the early going, but when a cocky Flair misses a front kick, Yim catches her with a punch to the face. A cannonball in the corner sets up a tornado DDT that leads to a cover, but Charlotte fights back. Nice taunt from Mia when she swings into Andrade’s tranquilo pose in the ropes, but Flair repays her with an elbow to the face as we go to break.

The champ is in the driver’s seat when we return, and Phillips says Charlotte is looking to teach the NXT women’s roster some humility. Chop in one corner, then a standing Eat DeFeet variant in the next. Kicks get Mia back in it, and she gets a tarantula on the ropes for most of a five count. Flair grabs a handful of hair to regain control, and kicks Yim around while telling her to bow down. Yim scraps her way back in and hits Seoul Food, but Charlotte brushes it off. STO in the corner, and Flair goes for a moonsault but Mia catches her and rolls her up for two. Follow-up kicks for Yim, but Charlotte catches her and goes to Boston Crab. Mia gets in a few nearfalls in the ensuing scramble, but when she tries to end it with Protect Ya Neck, Flair reverses it into a Figure Four. Charlotte bridges and that’s it.

Charlotte Flair def. Mia Yim via submission

As the champ grabs her belt and heads out, the #1 contender’s music hits. An angry Io Shirai says “next week, you are mine!”

We also get another Killer Kross/Scarlett Bordeaux vignette, and they’ll be here next week, too. Tick Tock.

The trainer is checking on Kacy Catanzaro while Kayden Carter looks on. The interviewer asks how her neck is, and that’s when Johnny & Candice walk by. LeRae says this a new NXT.

We’re reminded that Finn Balor was attacked last week. No new updates, but Phillips tells us he’s livid and will be here next week to address his attacker.

Dexter Lumis vs. Shane Thorne

Thorne’s new manager is not with him. He’s not intimidated by Lumis’ typically creepy schtick, but he’s unable to drop or phase Dexter with his assault. A Thesz Press starts Lumis’ assault, but his roll is slow when Shane sends him head first into the turnbuckle with a drop toe hold. Lumis throws him to the middle of the ring, but gets his eyes raked in return. A drop kick and subsequent cannonball seem to put Thorne in position to win, but when he lines him up he runs right into a spinebuster. He pulls Shane to his feet by his hair, then does the sit-out uranage into an arm triangle. Thorne passes out and Lumis strokes his head while staring into the void.

Dexter Lumis def. Shane Thorne via referee stoppage

We see Jordan Devlin’s tweet dissing the whole idea of the interim Cruiserweight title, and then the fallout clip of Jake Atlas consoling Drake Maverick after beating him from last week. Maverick’s match is next.

But first, some commercials, then a Keith Lee promo. With a gravelly voice he says he’s not 100%, but he’s gonna give Priest a beating that will live forever in infamy.

Drake Maverick vs. Tony Nese

Nese uses a combination of brute strength and psychological warfare to take immediate control. A kick to the back brings an excruciating cry from Maverick. Tony ends a quick comeback with a jab to the throat, and he pulls Drake down neck first on the rope as we go to a break.

The former champ is working a chinlock when we get back, and he thwarts another rally with another kick to the back. Nese is asking Maverick if he’s gonna cry, cause people love watching him cry. That eventually helps Drake hulk up. He no sells getting his head slammed into the turnbuckle, then punches Tony into a ball in the corner. Referee calls for a break, which Maverick uses to hit a drop kick from the middle rope. Nese regains control with a release German into the corner. Lines up for a running knee, but Drake evades and hits the corner cutter for one, two, no! He heads up top for an elbow drop, but Nese evades and goes up top himself. Tony climbs for the 450, but Maverick catches him. After a battle, bulldog from there and Drake’s done it!

Drake Maverick (1 - 1) def. Tony Nese (0 - 2)

Maverick’s fired up and says Kushida is next. He doubted himself, but now he’s the Wolf of Wall Street/WWE, because he’s not leaving. Not until he’s Cruiserweight champ!

In addition to all the other stuff announced for next week, we’ll also get Gargano vs. Dijakovic.

Keith Lee vs. Damian Priest

A pissed off North American champ does right at the challenger, and he mauls Priest in the ring and on the floor. He throws the big man from the other side of the barricade all the way to the apron! Priest recovers enough to try and send Lee into the steel steps, but it gets countered into a powerbomb set-up. Damian evades that, then sidesteps a charge to send the Limitless One crashing through the barricade as we go to a commercial.

Priest has the advantage in the ring when we return, but the champ is fighting. He deadlifts Damian up for a suplex, but the challenger slips out the back and turns it into a neckbreaker. A big pounce from Keith puts both men down. They get up to trade stikes, but the champ gets the better of that and pop up slams Priest then corkscrews over the top to flatten the Archer of Infamy on the floor. He rolls him in for a nearfall.

Running the ropes to build momentum on a lariat gets Lee another two count. He tries to follow-up with a powerbomb, but Priest gets loose. He delivers some chops and goes for a chokeslam, but that’s fought off. Another big exchange, and the challenger manages to land a Broken Arrow. Keith heads outside to regroup, and Priest dives over the top rope to send Lee crashing to the floor. He gets the champ back in and heads to the top. Cyclone kick from there, but it only gets two! The Limitless One is up, but cuts off a goozle with a headbutt! Priest tries to climb, but is slowed with a strike. Keith climbs... deadlift superplex from the middle rope! One, two, NO!

Chops to the throat from Priest, then choke slam, but Lee kicks out! Priest goes out and gets the belt and his nightstick. The ref takes the belt, so Damian goes for another attack with the nightstick, but the champ catches it! He tells Priest he is limitless. Grizzly Magnum! Lee hands the nightstick off to the ref, nails not one but two Spirit Bombs, and keeps his title.

Keith Lee def. Damian Priest via pinfall to retain his North American title

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