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WWE NXT results, live blog (May 6, 2020): TakeOver-level card

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: Adam Cole defends the NXT title against Velveteen Dream, Women’s champion Charlotte Flair puts her belt on the line against Io Shirai, Finn Bálor returns to call out his mystery attacker, Karrion Kross debuts with Scarlett Bordeaux by his side, Johnny Gargano goes one-on-one with Dominik Dijakovic, 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!


The two title matches get top billing during the open, but Doomsday’s arrival gets to close. Tom Phillips is ringside, then kicks it to Mauro Ranallo & Beth Phoenix for our opener.

Johnny Gargano vs. Dominik Dijakovic

Johnny’s got new music, so I guess we can’t call him “Rebel Heart” any more. Gargano uses his speed to evade and get in some cheap shots, but Dijakovic catches a kick and punches Johnny in the chest. The bigger man’s power advantage is then on display. Johnny hams it up regarding work DD did to his knee, and baits Dom in for a chop block of his own. With Dijakovic on his knees Gargano is able to lay in strikes of his own, but a big lariat comeback leads to a release suplex and a cover for DD.

Dominik goes to work, but Candice LeRae makes her way to ringside as he delivers a backbreaker to Johnny. The distraction allows Gargano to dump him to the floor. A dive follows, and Candice checks on her man as we got to commercial.

The missus is still ringside when we return as Johnny works a chinlock. Dijakovic eventually powers out and punches his way into the driver’s seat. A cyclone kick from DD gets two. Gargano tries to crawl to the outside and Candice tries to help him. Johnny gets a nearfall with a counter and a handful of tights. He then flips out of Feast Your Eyes and gets two of his own off a pair of superkicks. LeRae distracts Drake Wuertz while her man goes to remove the turnbuckle cover, but the referee stops him. DD catches him on a crossbody and hits a sitout chokeslam for two. Battle in the corner during which Gargano finally exposes the turnbuckle. Johnny ranas him face first into steel, then hits the slingshot DDT (now called One Final Beat) for the win.

Johnny Gargano def. Dominik Dijakovic via pinfall

Flashback to Imperium’s attack on Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher last week. Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner get a promo challenging The BroserWeights for the NXT Tag titles. They can’t watch Riddle & his allies disrespect their sport any longer, because to them, the mat is sacred.

We’ll get more Interim Cruiserweight Title Tournament action tonight, but first - more commercials! We then see Io Shirai warming up, and it’s time for Group B action.

Akira Tozawa vs. Gentleman Jack Gallagher

Jack goes for a drop kick at the bell but comes up empty. Tozawa with an octopus stretch as this thing is moving fast. Samoan Drop from Gallagher, but Tozawa comes right back with a German. Jack outside to regroup, and catches his opponent with an elbow when he tries to follow with a dive. Things finally slow down as Gallagher works the heat.

Tozawa escapes from a chinlock by falling the ropes. After a battle on the apron, a senton off the top quickly ends it.

Akira Tozawa (2 - 0) def. Jack Gallagher (0 - 2)

McKenzie Mitchell asks him how it feels to be a frontrunner. He says two down, two to go. He’s never faced El Hijo del Fantasma, but he vows to beat him.

After The Heroes Project video, we see Charlotte Flair getting ready to defend her title. Then it’s more women’s action!

Xia Li vs. Chelsea Green

Robert Stone introduces his client, and Green directs the camera to get her preferred angles during her entrance. She uses the train on her entrance gear to distract Li at the bell and nail a front kick, but Xia recovers quickly for a takedown. Big flurry of kicks from Li, but her comes Aliyah. She distracts and then jumps up on the apron. Li puts her down with a kick, but that creates an opening for Chelsea to hit the I’m Prettier.

Chelsea Green def. Xia Li via pinfall

Stone helps Aliyah up after the match.

Velveteen Dream is in his lounge. The time is finally here. He and Adam Cole have arrived at their moment. It’s not a dream, it’s dream over. Kross is next... after a word from our sponsors.

We get a factoid about how long Cole’s been champ, then go black and white for Kross’ entrance. It’s kind of too epic for words. Scarlett lip synchs the theme, which closes with a chorus of “Fall and Pray” and the duo posing in the middle of a fog covered ring.

Karrion Kross vs. Leon Ruff

He throwns Ruff on his neck with two straight Saito suplexes than locks in the Kross Jacket for a quick tap.

Karrion Kross def. Leon Ruff via submission

Kross shakes off the referee so Scarlett can raise his hand. Their exit is pretty dope, too.

Video package for Flair vs. Shirai, which is next. But after some commercials, Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher get some mic time. What Imperium did last week was unforgivable, and then to ask for a title shot on top of that? Riddle’s game if Stallion Timothy is. Thatcher says “you knock em out, I’ll tap em out”.

Io Shirai vs. Charlotte Flair

Spotlights and Alicia Warrington for the usual title match intros. Circle and lock-up, side headlock by Flair and then a shoulder block. Io matrixes under a boot and sends the champ into the ropes with a drop kick. She’s talking a lot of trash in her native tongue while the Queen regroups. Charlotte brings back the Figure Four headlock, snaps her down and talks some trash herself as she stalks the challenger. Chops and clubbing blows follow. Io fights back but is leveled with a clothesline as we go to another break.

Shirai hits some upkicks through the ropes in the corner as soon as we come back, but Flair’s power is still on display. The champ climbs for something, but gets caught with a Frankensteiner off the top. War Cry from Io, but we’re quickly back to trading strikes. Charlotte catches a charge and puts Io down with a backbreaker. Up top for a moonsault, but Shirai evades. Tiger Feint Kick from the challenger! Running double knees gets a two. A moonsault from Io, but Charlotte gets the knees up. Big boot follows, but the Genius of the Sky kicks out at two!

Up for a powerbomb, but Io counters and sends Charlotte face first into the bottom turnbuckle. Flair rolls out and the challenger goes for a moonsault, but misses and Charlotte has a kendo stick. She uses it.

Io Shirai def. Charlotte Flair via disqualification; Flair retains the NXT Women’s title

The Queen continues the assault and actually acts heel-ish after the disqualification, but here comes Rhea Ripley! She chases off the champ. Io yells at her a bit and tries to follow Rhea up the ramp, but the Nightmare isn’t interested in her.

After a break, Mitchell catches up with Ripley outside. She adits Charlotte beat her at WrestleMania 36, but that was only one night. She’s sick of Flair’s bow down crap... and her comes Io! They have to be separated by multiple officials as we head back inside for more Cruiserweight action.

Jake Atlas vs. Kushida

Test of strength quickly segues into another sprint. Atlas is sent to the outside with an arm drag as he’s already selling a damaged wing. Senton to the outside. Running palm strike from Kushida back in the ring, but Jake gets back in it with a kick and enziguri combo. That gets two. Big neckbreaker sends Kushida outside to regroup. He walks away from one dive and into another. Back in the ring though, Atlas springboards into an armbar.

Kushida (2 - 0) def. Jake Atlas (1 - 1)

The victor says he plans to honor all the great Cruiserweight champions of the past with a win of his own. Time will tell.

Finn Balor steps to the podium. He used to think the biggest snakes in this place were in the office. Wrestling rule #1 attack the guy, get the big push. But then the bell rings, and now you’re in the ring with the Prince and there’s nowhere to hide. He’s a patient man, but to whoever attacked him, the push they’re expecting? It won’t be a push, it’ll be a squash.

Next week we’ll get a Tag title match between Aichner & Barthel and the champs.

Cameron Grimes vs. Denzel Dejournette

Grimes tries for a Cave-In at the bell, but Dejournette evades... for a second until Grimes hits it a second later.

Cameron Grimes def. Denzel Dejournette

Grimes on the stick. Times are changing around here. It’s Grime time. He deserves better than this. He calls back to Balor’s promo, but says someone beat him to attacking Finn. He’s running down what he’d have done to the Prince as Balor walks up behind him. Finn dares him to slap him, but Cameron tries to weasel out of it. Double stomp and sling blade sends Grimes packing. Finn says there’s a snake hiding backstage and when he finds them, the best way to deal with a snake is to cut off its head.

We get a video package on everything Velveteen has done to get a shot at the title, then some more commercials. We also get confirmation that Balor vs. Grimes will happen next week.

Velveteen Dream vs. Adam Cole

The NXT champ enters alone, then we get the big match intros treatment for the second time tonight. The commentary team is reminding us about Cole’s record-breaking reign.

Lots of jawing before the bell, then a slow start until they exchange slaps. Dream puts Cole down with one, then the action heads outside where Velveteen whips the champ into the stairs. Back in, Cole catches the challenger with superkicks then goes for a Last Shot, but Dream catches him and puts him down with a spinebuster. Velveteen tries to follow-up with a Dream Valley Driver off the top, but Cole fights free. He goes for Panama Sunrise, but’s countered into a DreamDT for two as we go to our last break.

Cole’s working a headlock when we get back, but Dream quickly punches his way free. He goes for mounted punches in the corner, but the champ kicks a leg out from under him. Undisputed ERA’s leader mouths off about how Velveteen doesn’t deserve to be in the same ring with him, and that brings a can of whoop ass from the challenger. Cole avoids Dream’s finisher, but gets put down for two with a superkick. The champ fires back with a high knee and backstabber for a nearfall.

Another flurry ends with an ushigoroshi from Cole for two. The champ tells Dream he’s a nobody who should stay down, but Velveteen fights to his feet. Dream is send outside, but catches the champ with a European. Dream leaps into a superkick that gets two. When the challenger climbs, here comes Roderick Strong & Bobby Fish... but Dexter Lumis comes out from under the ring and cuts them off. Unfortunately, Lumis hits the referee when he checks on what’s going.

Dream hits Purple Rainmaker with the ref down and counts his own three. He revives the referee a bit then dives with a double sledgehammer that takes out Fish, Strong, and Lumis. He returns to the ring for a superkick and Last Shot with the official revived again, though.

Adam Cole def. Velveteen Dream via pinfall to retain the NXT championship

Dream watches TUE celebrate on the ramp, and that’s that.

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