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Advertised for tonight: Sasha Banks (and all of us) gets a dream match against Io Shirai, Dexter Lumis & Roderick Strong get the black-and-gold brand’s first ever strap match, an elimination match between Mia Yim, Tegan Nox, Candice LeRae & Dakota Kai gets to determine the #1 contender for the Women’t title, Robert Stone gets Rhea Ripley as a client if he & Aliyah can beat her in a handicap match, Oney Lorcan & Timothy Thatcher get to beat the crap out of each other, and more!
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WWE NXT RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JULY 1
Video package running down all tonight’s matches opens the show.
Mauro Ranallo starts the show by giving Dusty Rhodes props for inventing the Great American Bash theme, and then we’re right into the #1 contender elimination match.
Tegan Nox vs. Dakota Kai vs. Mia Yim vs. Candice LeRae
Tom Phillips announces that Raquel Gonzalez isn’t at ringside because General Manager William Regal forbid outside interference. But that never stopped anyone before, so let the speculation begin.
The heels bail at the bell since there are no countouts. LeRae grabs Yim’s foot and swings her to the outside and almost rolls Nox up when Kai distracts her former friend. Dakota takes Tegan out from the apron, but when Candice tries to fly onto both of them, Mia returns with a drop kick. The Poison Pixie recovers to take out the Scot and the Kiwi with dives, then returns to tangle with The HBIC. She gets two off a German from the middle rope.
A series of maneuvers in the corner put the heels down, and after a tandem move, Yim hits Protect Ya Neck.
Mia Yim eliminates Candice LeRae via pinfall
Picture-in-picture commercials are back! Kai kicks out of a cover by both women as soon as we return, and rolls to the outside. The faces shake hands and square off. Mia fights off a chokeslam, then suckerpunches Nox. The HBIC controls the action over the next stretch, and gets two on Dakota with Code Blue. Seoul Food on Nox, but she bounces to the outside taking it. Mia looks over the ropes, and Dakota grabs her for a roll-up.
Dakota Kai eliminates Mia Yim via pinfall
More PiP commercials while Tegan sells her former friend’s offense, then a commercial takes over the full screen for a while. Nox & Kai trading strikes when we return. A kick puts Lady Kane down, but Tegan back up with a big headbutt. That starts the comeback, and Dakota gets leveled with a series of clotheslines, followed by a trio of running back elbows in the corner. Cannonball! Right in the face! She drags the Kiwi to the center of the ring, but can only get two. Fallaway slam into a bridging cover for another nearfall.
Nox climbs, but Kai catches her with a boot before she can reach the top turnbuckle. Kai-ropractor, but Dakota can only get two. Tegan refuses to stay down, but battles to her feet. She fights out of Go To Kick, and hits a sitout facebuster that gets two. Shiniest Wizard misses, countered into a submission, but Tegan works Dakota’s shoulders to the mat to force the break. She climbs and hits the Molly-Go-Round! Shiniest Wizard!
Tegan Nox eliminates Dakota Kai via pinfall to become the #1 contender for the Women’s title
McKenzie Mitchell wants to talk to Damian Priest. He addresses the camera directly, running down his issues with Cameron Grimes and challenging Grimey to a match.
Timothy Thatcher vs. Oney Lorcan
Oney drives Thatcher into the corner at the bell. Thatch fights back, and in the middle of the ring the grappling begins. The double wristlock is the desired hold, but both men struggle to get it locked in. Thatcher grabs Oney’s head, which is where he gets free for a snapmare that lets him doing the stretcher for a while. Chop exchange, then Lorcan gets the running European! Before he can follow-up, Thatcher blasts him all the way to the outside. More split screen commercials.
Timothy inflicts punishment during the ads. He goes for an armbar then a chickenwing. A big Belly to Belly sends Lorcan to the outside, and Oney is selling damage to his right arm. Thatch tries to suplex Lorcan in from the ramp, but Oney flips over and hits the half-and-half. He gets two after an uppercut. Lorcan goes for a single-leg crab, then it’s time for slugging! ONEY SLAPS THATCH TO THE MAT AND GRABS THE SINGLE-LEG THATCHER GOES FOR THE ROPES AND COUNTERS INTO A KNEE SUBMISSION DOUBLE UNDERHOOK SUPLEX GETS TWO ONEY FISHHOOKS HIS WAY OUT OF A SUGAR HOLD BUT GETS CAUGHT IN THE FUJIWARA ARMBAR
Timothy Thatcher def. Oney Lorcan via submission
Thatch holds on for a few seconds after the bell. He celebrates while the ref checks on Lorcan and his arm.
Karrion Kross video. He calls out “certain entitled individuals”. They put time in, but it’s never been about that. Scarlett says this brand is about to be defined by suffering. Kross says time is almost up. Tick Tock.
Rhea Ripley vs. Aliyah & Robert Stone
Stone’s ready for a boxing match, coming out behind his client in a robe, and popping a mouthguard in and strapping on some goggles before the bell. He tells Aliyah he’s got this as Rhea mocks his mouthpiece. He dances around but gets slapped out of the ring. That gives Aliyah an opening to jump on her back. Headscissors takedown, and a knee to the head gets two on the Nightmare. Ripley fights off another head scissor into a sitout slam off her shoulders. Stone breaks up the cover and provides a distraction for a dive by Aliyah as the heels resume control as we head into split screen action.
More of the same during PiP, and the heels are in the driver’s seat until the ads take over the entire screen. When that’s done, Stone and Aliyah both have a submission hold on the former champ. She fights out of that, but then gets hit with a tandem suplex, but they argue over who should get the pin. Stone defers, but that gives Rhea time to kick out - and reverse an attempt to suplex her again. Ripley is a house afire, whipping Aliyah into her manager’s mid-section. That’s just the start, though, as Aliyah gets thrown head first into Stone’s stones. Rhea gets them both in the Sharpshooter, and they both tap.
Rhea Ripley def. Robert Stone & Aliyah via submission
Stylish video of Roderick Strong facing his fear of Dexter Lumis bleeds right into his entrance for the strap match.
Roderick Strong vs. Dexter Lumis
Roddy enters alone. He also bails during Lumis’ entrance. Strong insists that Dexter give him space while Drake Wuertz goes to strap him in, but uses that as a way to sneak attack the creepier Superstar. Once the referee gets it on and calls for the bell, Lumis goes on the offensive. Roddy fires back with chops, but Dexter no sells it. Strong to the outside, but Lumis drags him to the ropes with the strap and tosses him back to the mat from there.
Roddy wraps the strap around his fist for mounted punches, but Lumis slips out and uppercuts him in the chin through his legs. On the floor, Dexter whips Strong with the strap. The asskicking takes them up the ramp, and after sending Roddy into the side of the stage, Lumis realizes there are cars on set... so he opens the trunk on the Dodge Viper. Fear helps Strong fight free, and he hits an Olympic Slam on the floor. Roddy takes things back into the ring, and whips Lumis with the strap. Ground and pound and Dexter has to cover up. Some trash talk from Roddy, which helps give Lumis time to recover. Offense from both men, but Dexter speeds things up and takes control. Nearfall, then a big suplex, then more lashes with the strap.
Strong slips out when Lumis goes for his submission, then hits a high knee. They head up top, and Roddy looks for the superplex. He hits it! One, two, NO! He uses the strap to hogtie Lumis feet, the goes for a version of the Boston Crab, but Dexter slides to the ropes and pulls himself to the floor. Strong follows and gets dropped on the apron. Back in, but here comes Bobby Fish to grab Lumis on his way into the ring. Shotgun drop kick from Roddy off the distraction, but can’t get three. More interference from Fish is cut off with the strap, and Lumis gets Roddy up and slams him down into Silence.
Dexter Lumis def. Roderick Strong via submission
Next week’s main event gets the Prime Target treatment. It starts with an interview with Keith Lee where he puts over Adam Cole’s legendary reign and talks about how much next week means to him. Cole puts over Lee’s amazing last year, but says his year was better. None of Keith’s big moments would have happened if he hadn’t led the charge into Survivor Series. The difference between them is that Lee comes up short in big moments and he finds a way to prevail. Lee says Cole may be Undisputed, but he’s Limitless. They talk themselves up over rising music. This was great, is it next week yet?
McKenzie Mitchell catches up with Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae. They’re made because it was supposed to be a 4Way, not a 3-on-1. Gargano starts to say the others were jealous when LeRae runs off. She’s brawling with Mia Yim when cameras catch up to them. Johnny gets in the mix, and Swerve Scott shows up. The two sides are pulled apart.
El Legado del Fantasma is here. Santos Escobar talks about how luchadors used to be revered. But fans were convinced it was just guys doing flips, in masks of course. But he and Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza are here to re-educate us. Before he can finish, Drake Maverick shows up, wearing a neck brace. He takes it off and charges the ring! Mendoza & Wilde beat him down. The pick him up for Escobar, who says, “I told you little guy - no one can touch me.” He sets up to attack, but here comes Breezango! They fight off the lackeys, and Escobar takes his Crusierweight title and bounces. Fandango challenges the heels to a match next week.
Mitchell is with Grimes, who’s laughing about Priest’s challenge. He doesn’t have time to worry about the past. He names himself #1 contender and calls his shot against the winner of Cole & Lee.
Commercial-free main event is next, but first some commercials, and another Mercedes Martinez hype piece. Then we learn the six-man is official for next week, and a LeRae/Yim Street Fight.
Sasha Banks vs. Io Shirai
The Role Models arrive - with Ryu! - in a convertible Jaguar. Sasha’s beloved pooch leaves with the car. Bayley stays.
Action starts immediately. Shirai evades with a series of backflips, follows with a drop kick, then flattens Sasha with a dive to the floor. Back in, double knees to the corner gets two. Io sets Sasha on the top turnbuckles, but Bayley blasts the horn on the Viper to distract Shirai. Banks slips through and slams Io down. A flurry ends with a set of double knees from The Boss that gets two.
Sasha stretches the champ, then lays in elbows before attempting a cover. Double knees in the middle of the ring get two. Io powers out of a stretch and knees her way free, but manages to use her knees to slam Shirai face first into the apron. Io recovers with strikes, then a huge Frankensteiner! Shoulder blocks from the champ, then Shirai flapjacks Sasha to set up the Tiger Feint Kick and springboard drop kick! One, two, no!
Both women are slow to get up. They each counter moves, but ends up taking a German from Io. She tries to land on her feet but lands partially on her head instead. Ref checks on her, then when Shirai approaches, Sasha gets the Bank Statement locked in. Escape, scramble, then Io with a stomp. They battle to the corner where The Genius of the Sky gets hung up in the Tree of Woe. Lots of trash talk from The Boos, who goes for double knees, but Io sits up. Moonsault attempt misses, and Sasha hit the meteora for two.
Banks is selling a leg injury, and gets dropped into the ropes, but gets up before she can take another 6-1-9. They battle at the ropes. Sasha catches Io’s springboard and kicks her down to the apron. She the charges, slides through her legs and powerbombs the champ into the plexiglass!
Back in, Sasha goes for the Frog Splash, but Shirai evades and locks in the crossface! She tries to get to the ropes, but can’t, so Bayley throws her title in the ring. The ref gets it, but Bayley blasts Io while he’s looking away. While she and the official continue to argue, Asuka pops up from under the ring! Green Mist! Sasha survives a roll-up, but a Moonsault from the top follows!
Io Shirai def. Sasha Banks via pinfall
Mauro runs down next week’s card while the joshi titans celebrate.