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WWE NXT results, live blog (May 20, 2020): Rhea Ripley vs. Io Shirai

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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: Io Shirai vs. Rhea Ripley in a de facto #1 contender’s match, Roderick Strong faces Dexter Lumis, and two critical matches in the Interim Cruiserweight Championship Tournament - including what could be Drake Maverick’s last WWE match!

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 an “In Memoriam” graphic for Shad Gaspard, we go right into Karrion Kross & Scarlett’s entrance. Fall and Pray.

Karrion Kross vs. Liam Gray

Two Doomsday Saito Suplexes with a bridging suplex in the middle, then the Kross Jacket.

Karrion Kross def. Liam Gray via submission

As Scarlett and her man embrace in the ring, Tommaso Ciampa is here! He officially introduces himself, and says the ring Kross is standing in, all of this - is his home. But Kross already knew that. Ciampa even kind of respects it. He puts over Kross’ aura, size, and “killer” entrance. Even in a locker room full of talent, Karrion stands out.

Scarlett holds the ropes for him so he can get in the ring. “You know who else is special? Me.” Ciampa makes the match for In Your House, and says welcome to the main event. He drops the mic and backs out of the ring.

Scarlett laughs in his general direction as we segue into a Cruiserweight Tournament recap and a break. The last B Block match is next.

Akira Tozawa vs. El Hijo del Fantasma

Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix & Byron Saxton remind us that Jordan Devlin thinks the Interim title is a crap idea. We start out with a stand off out of a test of strength, and then another one after some arm drags. They trade chops, and love it! Tozawa gets an advantage with a closed fist strike. Fantasma rolls out and is wise to the dive, but gets hit with a rana. Senton off the apron follows, and both men are down and hurting as we go to another commercial.

We’re back in the ring when we get back, and Fantasma slides and takes out Akira when he goes to run the ropes. Then he hits him with a splash on the apron. Nearfall off an atomico. He flips over Tozawa who lands on his feet. He slides between Fantasma’s leg and snaps off a German. He climbs for his finisher, but the luchador catches up to him. The battle there is won with some back elbows, then Fantasma drops him from his shoulders across the top turnbuckle. Nearfall, then El Hijo works the heat while Tozawa sells his rib injury. The comeback ends with a senton off the top, but Fantasma rolls out. By the time he’s brought back in, he can only get two. Tozawa gets sent to the outside... tope from the depths of hell!

Splash in the corner, but he lifts Tozawa up for the Phantom Driver. It looks like Akira might get an Octopus Stretch, but Fantasma fights out of it and hits the move to win.

El Hijo del Fantasma (2 - 1) def. Akira Tozawa (2 - 1) via pinfall

We get a recap of the issues between Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher. He wants to go again, but no fluke pins this time. Tap out or Knock out only, Riddle can pick the place.

After a break, Shotzi Blackheart gets a video package about her love of tanks and punk rock. She crushes some cars up with her tank to show what she’s gonna do to the women’s division, specifically Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez. Candice LeRae also gets a name drop.

Mia Yim vs. Santana Garrett

The announcers talk about how Mia is looking to comeback from her tough loss to Charlotte Flair while Garrett gets in some early offense and a two count. Yim takes control with a Dragon Suplex. Protect Ya Neck ends it a second later.

Mia Yim def. Santana Garrett via pinfall

Johnny Gargano is singing The HBIC’s theme song as he accompanies Candice LeRae to the stage. LeRae congratulates Mia on her win... finally. But when she got her big opportunity against Flair, she dropped the ball. Because she was too busy pandering to “them”. If Candice had gotten that opportunity, she wouldn’t have fumbled it. Gargano says they’re going to show her what happens in their NXT. Yim takes him out with a kick, but LeRae gets the drop on her, and Johnny pulls down the rope to send her crashing to the floor. Here comes Keith Lee, which sends Gargano scrambling. The North American champ and his lady take the ring and Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling back up the ramp, reassuring each other that they’re okay.

A recap of Cameron Grimes beating Finn Balor (and Damian Priest being revealed as Finn’s attacker, and his post-match beatdown of the Prinxe), Grimes cuts a promo from somewhere outside. He puts over his win over the former NXT and first ever Universal champ, who he used to look up to. But now it’s Grime Time!

McKenzie Mitchell interviews Drake Maverick. He’s gotta come up with a way to pin or submit the best wrestler in the world tonight, and last time he checked, he’s not Bret Hart. But he’s done second guessing himself. He’s got to win.

Adam Cole & Bobby Fish escort Roderick Strong to the ring for his match. Before they leave, Cole says next week we might have a celebration for his one year as NXT champ.

Roderick Strong vs. Dexter Lumis

Lumis slithers out from under the ring again and sends Roddy to the other side of the ropes. It’s all Dexter at the start, but a high knee on a charge lets Strong get in some offense. The bigger man doesn’t exactly no-sell it, but his expressions don’t change even when taking damage. After another flurry by Lumis, they battle to the floor where Strong sends him into the steps then drops him on the apron with a backbreaker as we go to commercial.

Roddy’s in control when we get back, but he’s upset that even in an abdominal stretch Lumis keeps turning his head to stare at him. After a mini-comeback from Dexter, Strong hits the Olympic Slam but only gets two. After some stomps to the mid-section he tries to turn Lumis for a Stronghold but can’t. That’s the last offense Roddy gets in for a while as he’s flattened with Thesz Press. That leads to a slingshot suplex that gets two. Back-and-forth leads to Strong chomping Lumis while he’s on his knees, but Dexter just asks for more. He gets another two count after a spinebuster, but Roddy connects with another high knee. Stronghold attempt is fought off, but Strong with the roll-up.

Roderick Strong def. Dexter Lumis via pinfall

Afterwards, Lumis grabs Strong with the Kata Gatame. The ERA boys are here, but even when he gets kicked in the face, Dexter won’t let go. Velveteen Dream is here! He throws Fish over the barricade, and hits the champ with a Purple Rainmaker on the concrete floor! He poses on the ropes while Lumis sits on the floor stroking Roddy’s head. Mauro puts them over as the oddest couple in NXT.

We see Rhea Ripley getting ready for later. During the break, the mysterious mini-van luchadors attacked Akira Tozawa in the parking lot, but El Hijo del Fantasma runs them off.

Ever-Rise vs. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch

Burch is on fire from the jump. Both he and his partner hit moves on Matt Martel. When Chase Parker comes in, it’s not long before he’s trapped in Oney’s single leg crab.

Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch def. Ever-Rise via submission

Mitchell is with Keith Lee, who requested an interview. He saw dinner with the Garganos, and wants to know who in the blue heel records themselves eating dinner. But he doesn’t have an issue with what they said about him. He does have a problem with what they did tonight. But he has a feeling that problem ends at TakeOver. Go and tell the world.

We see Io Shirai getting ready, then Matt Riddle has words for Trashy Tim. He’s not a stallion, he’s a putz. Riddle’s down for a knock out or tap out match, but thinks on the where. He’s got it. Somewhere they’re both familiar with - a cage.

Kushida vs. Drake Maverick

Both men are focused as they circle one another. Kushida with a headlocks, but Maverick counters into a pinning predicament that gets a one count. Basement drop kick form Kushida damages Drake’s left arm, which he proceeds to target. Jake Atlas (in some fabulous street clothes) makes his way to ringside as the arm work continues. Jake is cheering him on, and Maverick is bowed but not broken.

After a break, they’re trading elbows in the middle of the ring. Drake takes out Kushida at the knee to send him face first into the middle turnbuckle, then follows up with a that gets a nearfall. While Maverick is pleading with Drake Wuertz, Kushida kicks him in the bad arm. Palm strike and a splash into the corner, he twists the left arm and drops a knee on that elbow. Drake regroups outside and beats the ten count. He’s still swinging, but that stops with a scoop slam. Chicken wing, but Maverick makes the ropes and tells Wuertz we’re not stopping. Lots of screaming, but Drake makes the ropes for a break and again tells the ref not to stop. They battle to the top, and it looks like Maverick is going for a rana but Kushida transitions into the cross armbreaker. A desperate Maverick scrambles into a cover that gets three!

Drake Maverick (2 - 1) def. Kushida (2 - 1) via pinfall

Atlas is checking on Drake in the ring when Byron Saxton interrupts. Since they’re all tied up and there’s no second tiebreaker, we’ll have a Triple Threat next week. The winner gets Fantasma for the interim belt!

Another video package about our main event, but first, we’ll hear from Damian Priest after some more ads. The Archer of Infamy challenges Finn Balor for TakeOver: In Your House.

Io Shirai vs. Rhea Ripley

Rhea runs her mouth on the way to the ring, then gets hit with a drop kick at the bell. Io is able to lad another kick and rake the back before Ripley uses her size advantage to catch two strikes and start throwing the smaller woman around. Fast paced action, as Ripley grabs at Shirai’s gear to stop her, but gets rolled over and double stomped for a one count. That’s where we get our last commercial of the night.

They’re trying and failing to whip another when we return. Rhea goes for a powerbomb, but Io manages to sunset flip her for a quick cover. Shirai transitions into a crossface, but Ripley powers to her feet and gets free. The Genius of the Sky climbs, but is caught with punches there. The Nightmare tries for a second rope superplex, but Io fights it off despite a series of headbutts. They’re both on the top rope now - SUPERPLEX! But Shirai kicks out at two!

Ripley is holding her back as she goes to pull her to her feet. Io with strikes, but then she’s flattened by a clothesline. Shirai gets the crossface again, but Rhea fights to the bottom rope. Tiger Feint Kick! Springboard drop kick sends Rhea to the floor, that’s followed by a tope... and the Queen is here.

Charlotte Flair hits the ramp and tells them to continue. Ripley with strikes and goes to put Io back in the ring, but a rana sends Rhea into Flair on the ramp. Back in the ring, running knees gets Io two. Weary strikes from both, then a DDT from Shirai. Here comes Charlotte. Big boot to Shirai. Spear on Ripley. The champ stands tall.

Io Shirai def. Rhea Ripley by disqualification