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WWE NXT results, live blog (May 13, 2020): Tag Title Fight

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: Matt Riddle & Timothy Thatcher put the Tag titles on the line against Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel of Imperium, and Finn Bálor is still looking for his attacker - but he has time to deal with Cameron Grimes. Plus, the Interim Cruiserweight Championship Tournament rolls on, 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!


Highlights of last week’s title matches, and the people who got involved during & after them, kick us off. Then we see the parts of May 6’s episode which set up our opener, which will be called remotely by Mauro Ranallo & Beth Phoenix with Byron Saxton at ringside.

Matt Riddle & Timothy Thatcher vs. Imperium (Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel)

Thatcher & Barthel start it off, and Timothy takes it right to the mat. The German can hold his own there, and it’s back and forth until Aichner gets a tag. Everyone gets involved for a beat and Riddle drops to the floor to deal with Barthel and Thatcher is annoyed he’s not there for the tag. The Bro eventually gets in and things seem okay as he runs wild, but the Italian gets his knees up on a senton to put the heels in control. That’s how we go to our first commercials.

Riddle punches out of a chinlock shortly after we return, but he can’t get to his corner. Nearfall off a basement drop kick from Barthel as the heels work quick tags and work over the champ. We get multiple near-tags, but Imperium is able to thwart him every time. He seems to get free, but ends up monkey flipping Barthel into his partner on the apron. The Californian is pissed and says “I’m done with you” and leaves. The Bro fights valiantly for a minute, but the numbers game is too much for him. European Bomb and we have new champs!

Imperium def. Matt Riddle & Timothy Thatcher via pinfall to win the NXT Tag Team titles

The new champs celebrate as we learn about tonight’s Interim Cruiserweight Title Tournament matches (Jake Atlas vs. Tony Nese and Swerve Scott vs. Jack Gallagher).

McKenzie Mitchell catches up with Thatcher who says he wants to be a tag champ, but it should have just been Riddle knocks em out and he tags em out. Instead, it’s game shows and flip-flop flipping. Riddle charges in and wants answer. The start to brawl and are pulled apart.

Tegan Nox vs. Indi Hartwell

Trash talk from both women at the start, but Indi gets the better of the early physical exchange in part because she grabs some hair on a ref break. Hartwell shows off her strikes and slams, which gives Nox a chance to do her never-say-die babyface thing. She finally takes control when the Aussie springboards right into a chokeslam. Cannonball in the corner, crossbody off the top, and Shiniest Wizard ends it.

Tegan Nox def. Indi Hartwell

We see highlights of the end & aftermath of last week’s Women’s title match again. Then we get a promo from Rhea Ripley. She hasn’t been able to rest since WrestleMania thinking about coming up short against Charlotte Flair. Io Shirai had her chance last week and couldn’t get the job done, so now it’s her turn again. And if Io disagrees, she’ll beat it into her. Because when it comes to her and Charlotte, as a stupid old man once said, “they’ve only just begun”.

After a break, Riddle is Skyping with General Manager William Regal. Regal makes a match between the former tag champs tonight, but Thatcher attacks before Bro can tell McKenzie Mitchell about it. A second attack with a monitor forces Mauro to ask if Riddle will be able to go tonight.

Tony Nese vs. Jake Atlas

Atlas needs to win in order to hopefully end up in a tie with Drake Maverick and Kushida in Group A. Nese is eliminated already.

Fast-paced open that ends with some acrobatics by Atlas. He goes for a showy bow and gets poked in the throat for it. That’s followed up by Nese slingshotting him neck first across the top rope, and the heat is on. Nearfall off a suplex, but Jake lands a back elbow when he tries for another one. Striking exchange leads to big boot and suplex from Atlas, who then gets two. He hits a neckbreaker our of the next exchange, then heads up top. Tony catches him there and beats him down to the apron. He kicks Nese down to the canvas, hits the Rainbow DDT, and that’s it.

Jake Atlas (2 - 1) def. Tony Nese (0 - 3) via pinfall

Undisputed ERA are Zoom-ing after Adam Cole’s successful title defense last Wednesday. Kyle O’Reilly has been off working on a movie with the greatest actor in the world, Daniel Day Devito. Cole brags about embarrassing Velveteen Dream. Then they wonder what’s up with Dexter Lumis, and decide one of them should take care of. They all agree it should be Roderick Strong. They vow to get the prophecy back on track, then do the hand signals and say it’s Undisputed.

Karrion Kross & Scarlett get a video set to Jim Morrison (The Doors’ “The End”). Kross waxes philosophic while his lady walks behind him. He says Tommaso Ciampa was the first, but he won’t be the last. Fall and pray.

Another video package, this one on Dakota Kai. She talks about how she was an afterthought during her rehab; she’d often have to stop so camera could film Tegan Nox. She puts over Raquel Gonzalez as a powerhouse, and says she’s the only one she can trust. Gonzalez says they both know what it’s like to be outcasts. This is the hurt business, and they’re gonna hurt a whole lot of people.

Mitchell interviews Scott about his match. It’s win or go home for him tonight, and he says it’ll take confidence to survive. He has plenty of that. If he was faced with going winless in the tournament like his opponent, he’d quit wrestling. He leaves to go defend his house.

D-X are at their monitors backstage for the big announcement. They’re yukking it up when Triple H says it’s 25 years since the first ever In Your House PPV. Road Dogg shows up to make jokes about his match at that show, and tries to bring up Hunter’s match there, but The Game switches to the news. NXT is bringing the brand back... TakeOver: In Your House happens Sun., June 7.

Finn Balor vs. Cameron Grimes

Grimes tries for the Cave In at the bell (as usual), but Finn sidesteps. He gets in a few strikes but Balor quickly gets the upper hand with some kicks in the corner. They swap holds in the middle of the ring. This is both fast-paced and brutal as Grimes takes over by holding onto moves and getting in extra digs, Finn gets free and says he’s gonna end it with a slingblade, but Grimes turns that into a big facebuster as we go to break.

The North Carolinian is still in control when we get back, talking crap about how this is what Finn wanted. He’s whipping Finn from post-to-post and turning him inside out with lariats, but can’t get three. He says he promised to slap the piss out of Balor and he’s a man of his word, but he does too much talking while slapping. Finn fires back and stomps Grimes on the apron. PK from there, and Damian Priest sneaks up on Balor from the stage. Finn flattens him with a forearm and heads back to the ring, but Priest catches up and knee caps him with his night stick. Finn stumbles into a Cave In and we have an upset!

Cameron Grimes def. Finn Balor via pinfall

The Archer of Infamy is still here as Grimes runs off. He slides a steel chair into the ring and hits The Reckoning onto it. Then he sets the chair across Finn’s throat and sits on it. He says if he wants to live forever, he had to take out a Prince. He just didn’t think he’d enjoy it as much as he did tonight - and three weeks ago. Mystery solved.

After a Make A Wish video, we’re back to Cruiserweight action.

Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Gentleman Jack Gallagher

Before the match starts, Nese attacks Swerve, angry about Scott saying he’d quit if he couldn’t win a match. He says he can start even though he just got blasted into the steps. Gallagher strikes quickly at the bell and gets a cover, but Scott gets a foot on the bottom rope to stay alive.

Swerve fights his way back into it and evades a charge in the corner. He follows that with a House Call that gets him two. He connects with a pair of kicks to Jack’s chest, and runs the ropes but runs right into a guillotine. He lifts Gallagher to get free but runs right into a roaring elbow that ends it.

Jack Gallagher (1 - 2) def. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott (1 - 2) via pinfall

Kayden Carter vs. Aliyah

Aliyah tries for a takedown at the bell and gets taken down herself. Shoving match, and Carter gets a cover off a basement dropkick. A shrieking Aliyah grabs some hair as she kicks Kayden in the corner. Hip toss to the other corner and strikes as Robert Stone walks down the ramp to observe. She climbs and looks to be setting up for a moonsault to show the manager and gets caught. It’s not long before Kayden grapevines the leg and gets Aliyah to tap out.

Kayden Carter def. Aliyah via submission

Aliyah tries to get Stone to give her another chance, but he brushes her off and leaves.

It’s time for dinner with the Garganos. Johnny’s bragging about how much they’ve done since they promised what they were gonna do at their last dinner. They watch highlights of him taking out Dominik Dijakovic last week. He talks about how much trouble Double-D gave Keith Lee, and says Dijakovic learned what happens to people who mention his name.

Candice LeRae says Johnny wasn’t the only one who’s been doing work. She complains about Mia Yim getting a shot at Charlotte Flair despite always coming up short. While she was stuck dealing with Kacy Catanzaro (who Candice says isn’t a ninja or a warrior, but agrees with her hubby that she’s American). She’s out to show Yim what happens to people who don’t earn their shots.

That leads Johnny to bring up the company Mia keeps, the guy who tells us we should Bask in his Glory. Gargano talks about how the NXT Universe will turn on him like it did him, and how Keith isn’t strong enough to deal with that. Looks like we’re getting a couples feud.

Timothy Thatcher vs. Matt Riddle

The Bro slides in and flips his flops, but he’s all business. The roll to a stalemate and then stand up. Riddle with two big takedowns as this one stays technical and ground-based. Thatcher with a deep armbar. Back to the feet and Matt’s landing knees and kicks in the clinch. He sends Timothy to the outside and we go to our last break.

During the commercials, Thatcher thwarted a gut wrench suplex by stomping on Riddle’s bare foot. He’s able to hit a belly-to-belly out of that and is working the leg. Matt fights back to hit a Final Flash knee, but Timothy kicks out and answers with a big European. The next scramble leads to a deep armbar from Riddle, but Thatcher gets a foot to the bottom rope. Riddle fights off an armbar with a powerbomb and both guys are down. They get to their feet to trade strikes. Riddle ends up stuck in an ankle lock. Thatcher lands an enziguri to Bro’s back , but Riddle fires back with Bro 2 Sleep. Both men are down, but Riddle’s up first for a Floating Bro. Thatcher rolls into a Fujiwara armbar! Matt gets out of that but Thatcher keeps trying for holds, eventually getting the ankle, but Riddle rolls him over for three!

Matt Riddle def. Timothy Thatcher via pinfall

The Bro barely gets his arm raised before Thatcher attacks! He sends him into the turnbuckles hard then hits Divorce Court! Fujiwara armbar, and when the referee finally gets him to break the hold, he puts it back on! That’s how we end.

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