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WWE NXT results, live blog (July 15, 2020): Io Shirai vs. Tegan Nox

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Advertised for tonight: The aftermath of last week’s game changing main event as the Limitless Era begins! Io Shirai defend the Women’s title against Tegan Nox, Damian Priest deals with Cameron Grimes, 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.)

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We start with a highlight package on last week’s main event, then a rundown of Keith Lee’s potential challengers like Johnny Gargano, Finn Balor, Damian Priests basically telling him to watch his back. It ends with Karrion Kross, of course.

Mauro Ranallo welcomes us to the show, then Alicia Taylor introduces the champ-champ!

Lee basks in the “Oh, Bask in his Glory” chant, then asks Taylor to introduce him again. The Limitless One says we’ve all been through pain and losses, and he knows it better than anyone. But there’s something special when he stands there in the ring, with those belts. He stands there not just as North American champion, but also NXT champion. He’s celebrated, but now he’s back in reality. He knows there’s a locker room of people who want the same opportunity he managed to earn. He didn’t do this on his own, he’s not a self-made man... there’s no such thing. He has to acknowledge that Tim Brooks (his trainer who died a couple weeks ago) was there for him. The NXT Universe was there for him.

He’s celebrating not just for himself, but for the WWE and NXT Universes. And there’s a man backstage he’s celebrating for... his frenemy Dominik Dijakovic. The champ-champ calls out Heavy Double-D for a talk. The supposed Raw call-up congratulates him and says it’s about him, so what does Keith have to say. Lee puts over how important Dijakovic was to his rise, so he talked to General Manager William Regal and he wants offer the first shot at both his belts to Dijakovic. And he wants to do it tonight!

Double-D hesitates, and Lee tells him to just say “yes”. The crowd chants, so he eventually does.

Ranallo runs down the two matches advanced in advance as we see Tegan Nox rolling up to the building for her Women’s title shot. Then commericals.

Cameron Grimes vs. Damian Priest

Priest eyeballed Grimes all the way into the ring, and he took the fight to him at the bell. After being whipped around the ring, Cameron goes to the outside where he’s able to get in a back-elbow shot that puts him in charge. He gets a nearfall back in the ring off a drop kick, then it’s picture-in-picture time. During the ads, Grimes softens Priest up by smashing him into the plexiglass, then he rolls him into the ring for some rest holds.

The Archer of Infamy hulks up, and there’s a striking exchange going on when we return. Priest takes control with a bell kick, calf kicks and a lariat. A clothesline sends Priest to the floor, but when Grimes follows he gets goozled for a choke slam. He slips out, but it’s not long before Damian throws him into the apron back-first with a Razor’s Edge. Back and forth, then Priest gets two off a flatliner. He sets up for his finisher, but gets inside cradled for two. Grimes gets another nearfall off a collision.

Preist sidesteps a Cave-In that sends Grimes into the ropes. Kick to the head, then a rope-assisted Reckoning ends it.

Damian Priest def. Cameron Grimes via pinfall

The Archer of Infamy shouts out Dijakovic & Lee, saying he’ll have his eyes on who comes out as champ-champ.

We see Io Shirai arriving to defend against Nox, then it’s time for “Thatch as Thatch Can” lesson. Timothy Thatcher explains that a tap is education, and making your opponent cry in pain is sheer pleasure - just ask Oney Lorcan.

Shotzi Blackheart vs. Indi Hartwell

Hartwell in control while the announce crew talks up the Robert Stone angle. Tom Phillips is pro-the #Brand, while Beth Phoenix joins in burying Bob. Shotzi counters with a takedown, but Indi is quickly back in charge and uses a power advantage to get a few nearfalls, including one off a side slam. She stretches Shotzi, but Blackheart powers up to start her comeback. Bulldog and kicks, then senton to the back while Indi was in the ropes... and that’s when Stone shows up in a walking boot. He feigns an injury while Shotzi kicks ass. The referee deals with him while Aliyah sneaks in and shoves Blackheart off the top rope! She gets up and walks into a big boot from Hartwell!

Indi Hartwell def. Shotzi Blackheart via pinfall

After a break, McKenzie Mitchell talks to Tegan Nox. Even though Nox believes Io Shirai is the best wrestler in the world, Tegan thinks tonight is her night.

Phillips kicks it to a video of Legado Del Fantasma. Santo Escobar toasts Raul Mendoza & Joaquin Wilde for their first win as a trio. They celebrate the end of Drake Maverick, who only has a job because he cried online. Mendoza & Wilde say not to forget Breezango, who mocked lucha libre. They talk up their background and one another, saying they’ll tear down the cruiserweight division to build it up.

More hype for The Moment Maker, as we see highlights of his celebration with tweets and news coverage mixed in.

Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic

Big match intros for this winner takes all start to Lee’s reign. The familiar combatants smile, then circle, before starting with a test of strength. Dijakovic gets pushed into the ropes for a break. Lee continues to get the upperhand, and Double-D offers a handshake on break. The champ accepts, but pulls his frenemy in to resume the action... he seems to be trying to fire Dijakovic up. It seems to work, then Dom offered his hand again. That was set-up for a chop though. Lee returns fire with a Grizzly Magnum which floors Dijakovic. Keith climbs, Double-D catches him and sets up for Feast Your Eyes. Lee slips free, and we get a smiling standoff before a commercial.

Dijakovic is in control when we get back, targeting Lee’s back. He wants a vertical suplex, but can’t lift the champ. Keith gets free and lands some big punches, then a POUNCE puts Dom to the outside. He charges at the barricade but Dijakovic evades. Lee pulls up short though. Back in, side slam gets Double-D two. He charges, but gets caught in the ropes. Twisting elevated neckbreaker for a nearfall. He sets Dijakovic up on the top turnbuckle and follows. They battle there, and headbutts eventuall knock Keith to the mat. Super Blockbuster! One, two, no!

Spinning big boot gets another nearfall for the challenger. Dijakovic comes off the top, right into Grizzly Magnum! Huge slam! Big Bang Catastrophe!

Keith Lee def. Dominik Dijakovic via pinfall to retain the NXT and North American titles

Lee celebrates and goes to help his frenemy up when the lights go down and a spotlight hits the stage. Scarlett slowly walks to the ring. She throws the broken hourglass in the ring, and plays in the sand as Keith smiles. She walks off and smiles from the stage as the champ-champ glares at her.

Mitchell is talking to Dijakovic about the match when Karrion Kross steps to him. After a staredown, Kross manhandles him and walks away with “Tick Tock”.

Timothy Thatcher vs. Denzel Dejournette

Technical wrestling, as Mauro tells us Dejournette has an amateur background. It’s not long before Thatcher locks in a Fujiwara armbar.

Timothy Thatcher def. Denzel Dejournette via submission

Thatcher grabs an ankle to inflict more punishment, but Oney Lorcan makes the save.

We hear about Rhea Ripley’s plans to move on from Robert Stone and re-enter the Women’s title picture.

We see Stone earlier talking to faceless interviewer guy. Killian Dain walks up and Stone tries to make peace with the big man. Aliyah runs in with one of Dexter’s caricatures, and Stone is upset because he doesn’t even own a suit like that. Dain grabs the picture and demands Stone get him a match with Lumis next week.

Ranallo runs down next week’s card, which does feature Lumis vs. Dain, as well as Kross vs. Dijakovic.

Tegan Nox vs. Io Shirai

Nox doesn’t wait for the introductions to end before she gets in the champ’s face. The Shiny One uses her size for an early advantage, then they trade holds for a while. The action speeds up and Tegan goes for quick covers. The champ does damage with forearms in the corner, then throws Nox to the outside. She avoids crashing into the barricade, but is dropped hard on the apron. Io taunts her as we go to commercial.

Shirai with a neck crank when we return, and she throws Nox to the floor, but the Welshwoman stands tall. She catches a crossbody from the champ and turns it into a bridging fallaway slam that gets two. Io back in control quickly with double knees. Shirai targets Nox’s fingers, pressing them into the rope on a break and stepping on the during a crossface. More offense from the Genius of the Sky, but then she misses a senton. Oklahoma roll gets two for Tegan. Shirai responds with punishment. Nox breaks up the punishment with a headbutt, but is almost pinned after a flapjack as we go PiP for the last time.

The champ goes to work on one of Nox’s surgically reconstructed knees on the small screen. Tegan is stuck in a crossface, but gets a foot on the ropes just as we return. Nox rolls out to avoid a big stomp, but the beatdown continues on the floor. That ends when Tegan evades double knees - Io hits nothing but steel steps! The champ still hits a backbreaker over one of her knees in the ring and both women go down in pain. Nox with a roll-up, but Io gets a nearfall on a bridging German.

Shirai perches on the top but Nox knocks her down and eventually hits her cannonboar. Cover, but Io grabs the bottom rope, Tegan’s on fire, and ends a flurry with another cannonball and a diving crossbody. One, two, no! Lady Kane with the chokeslam, but Shirai kicks out. Two running Europeans into the corner, but Io dodges a third and sends the challenger neck first into the turnbuckle with a German. Bullet knees, Tiger Feint Kick, missile drop kick, but Nox kicks out!

Both wrestlers take their time getting to their feet. Sitout facebuster from Tegan, up top, Molly Go Round! But the champ won’t stay down. She charges for Shiniest Wizard, but runs into a palm strike. Moonsault off the top!

Io Shirai def. Tegan Nox via pinfall to retain the NXT Women’s title

The champ makes her way up the ramp as the announce team talks up Tegan’s valiant effort. Here comes Dakota Kai with a kick! She flattens Shirai and stands tall to end the show.

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