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Advertised for tonight: Karrion Kross and Dominik Dijakovic collide, Robert Stone sets Killian Dain up to face Dexter Lumis, General Manager William Regal has a HUGE announcement to make, and more!
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WWE NXT RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JULY 22
General Manager William Regal welcomes us from his home, so I guess we’re doing HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT at the top. He kicks it to Keith Lee, who’s sitting at a desk with his titles in front of him. He offers a shoutout to his mentor, Tim Brooks, then he talks about the opportunities that made him a champ-champ. In the spirit of those opportunities, he’s made the difficult decision to relinquish the North American title... with the caveat that as many people get an opportunity to win it as possible.
Back to Mr. Regal, who says that starting tonight we’ll get a series of Triple Threat matches, with the winners advancing to a ladder match for the NA belt at the pre-SummerSlam TakeOver. Johnny Gargano, Bronson Reed & Roderick Strong will be in the first one.
Dexter Lumis vs. Killian Dain
Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix & Tom Phillips talk up the potential connection between Dain & Robert Stone during the entrances. It’s all Lumis at the outset, and the big Irishman heads outside to regroup. There, he eventually flattens Dexter with a crossbody, and starts to work the heat. He drops the leg from the top while Lumis is hung up in the ropes for a two count as we go Picture-In-Picture.
To formula, Killian controls the action on the small screen. Lumis is starting to hulk up when we return, and quickly catches a charging Dain for a spinebuster. Thesz Press and ground-and-pound starts a flurry that ends with a kip-up & leg drop for two. He misses a follow-up senton from the top and gets drop kicked into the corner. Cannonball follows. Power bomb is followed by an elbow drop for another nearfall. The psycho killer takes Dain down with a his sitout side slam, but can’t transition into his submission. Dain goes for a powerbomb but Lumis slips free. He hits the swanton this time, then the side slam and locks in the head and arm triangle. Killian fights, but eventually fades out.
Dexter Lumis def. Killian Dain via submission
McKenzie Mitchell interviews Roderick Strong about the Triple Threat. He says it’s been a weird few weeks, but tonight he gets back on track. Bronson Reed interrupts and says this is about opportunities, and Undisputed ERA has had plenty. Johnny Gargano strolls up and says “face of the brand coming through”. He’s winning tonight, and winning the NA title again at TakeOver. Roddy leaves as he and Johnny mention that they hate each other. Gargano dismisses “Thicc Boi” then Reed gets the last word. Tonight he’s going all out.
We see highlights of last week’s main event, then Dakota Kai skypes in to tell Io Shirai she’ll be waiting when the taste returns to her mouth. She reminds Io to bring the NXT Women’s title with her.
Ever-Rise vs. Breezango
Fandango & Tyler Breeze enter as mounties, and Phoenix delivers an epic speech about how the duo educated her on how beavers are Canada’s national animal and the importance of treating beavers with care & respect.
Breeze takes it to Chase Parker at the outset, then dropkicks Matt Martel when he tries to get a “D-FENCE” chant going. That gives Parker an opening to hit a superkick on Prince Pretty, and they take control. It’s not long before the hot tag is made, and Fandango cleans house. He hits the Mounty dive (with salute), then brings in Breeze to hit the Double Supermodel Kick to both men for the win.
Breezango def. Ever-Rise via pinfall
Mitchell catches up with Dominik Dijakovic to ask him what’s different between tonight and last week. Last week, Karrion Kross caught him right after going to war with Keith Lee. Tonight, he’s getting a fresh DD. He was wondering what was next for him. Now he knows it’s knocking Kross out.
After a break, we’re told about a tweet from Io where she says “actions have consequences” and she’s ready for Dakota. Then we’re back to action.
Shotzi Blackheart vs. Aliyah
Robert Stone and his walking boot escort Aliyah to the ring. Shotzi crashes her mini-tank into the steps while he’s on them, which sends him into histrionics.
Blackheart misses a boot at the bell, but puts Aliyah down and hits a double leg drop after screaming “Welcome to the Ball Pit!” Aliyah dodges a charge, and Shotzi catches herself but goes to the floor to jaw with Stone. Aliyah jumps of the apron to hit a bulldog and take control. She ends a sequence with a suplex and holds on for a Northern Light suplex that gets two. Camel clutch, but Shotzi conters into an Oklahoma Roll. Bulldog follow-up from Shotzi, and a series of kicks. Saito suplex for two, then a double chickenwing takedown. Aliyah reverse and covers with her feet on the ropes, but the referee notices. Blackheart hits an enzuigiri off the break, then a Tiger suplex. She goes up top, but Stone jumps on the apron.He’s knocked to the floor with a bicycle kick, then Shotzi with a back senton that ends it.
Shotzi Blackheart def. Aliyah via pinfall
Afterwards, Blackheart rolls over Stone’s good leg with her tank, but Mercedes Martinez comes out of nowhere to flatten Shotzi! The veteran badass walks off, and it’s not clear if she’s allied with Bob’s brand.
Swerve Scott video package covers his upbringing, and what music means to him. He’s sitting in a production studio as he talks about the opportunity he got to face Gargano, and tell us he’s got his eyes on Santos Escobar and the Cruiserweight title.
Johnny Gargano vs. Bronson Reed vs. Roderick Strong
Auzilla powers both men out of the ring at the start, and Roddy & Johny bicker on the floor. Reed stomps on Gargano’s fingers and pulls Roddy into the ring. He continues to hoss them around as we go to commercial.
He’s still in charge when we return, but the heels make peace to get in some offense on the big man. Reed is able to level one man on several occasions, but DAT NUMBERS GAME keep getting the better of him. Johnny slingshots Strong head first into Bronson’s nuts, then drop kicks the Australian to the outside. Spear through the ropes on Roddy, then a dive on to Reed on the floor. Strong’s recovered when he gets back and locks in Stronghold, but Bronson breaks it up. He manages to suplex one opponent and toss the other onto him in one move, then splashes both in the corner. senton on Strong, but Johnny breaks it up! Reed pressed him above his head, but Strong with the chop block. Olympic Slam follows, but Gargano throws Roddy to the floor and covers. he only gets two. Each man hits a move, ending with Bronson diving onto the two heels. They’re all on the floor as we got a second commercial.
Samoan drop to Gargano & Strong gets Reed a nearfall shortly after we return. He focuses on Roddy and sets up for the superplex, but Johnny takes out his knee and tries to take his place. Strong fights him off, enough time for Reed to recover. He gets Johnny in an electric chair, Roddy leaps by Gargano matrixes out of his way and flips Reed over for two! Strong breaks that up, then Johnny stops a pun attempt with a superkick! Gargano tries to powerbomb Reed off the apron... Roddy in with a kick that leads to Johnny planting the big man on the floor. High knee from Strong when Gargano climbs back into the ring, and the two vets put on a little sprint AFTER all that.
Roddy drop kicks Johnny through the ropes. Another knee, then a pop-up face plant for a nearfall. Strong goes for the Gibson Driver but Gargano with a rana. They each counter out of the other’s submission, then gets two along with a handful of tights. Lawn dart follows, but Strong answers the double knee gutbuster. Gargano answers with an enzuigiri and One Final Beat, but Reed reemerges. Frog Splash to Strong!
Bronson Reed def. Roderick Strong & Johnny Gargano via pinfall to advance to the North American title ladder match at TakeOver: XXX
We see the history between Timothy Thatcher and Oney Lorcan. Their rematch is after another break.
Timothy Thatcher vs. Oney Lorcan
They circle, then battle for wrist control. Each man gets a takedown, and they switch top position several times. They trade strikes on their feet, but a suplex from Thatcher allows him to get control of Oney’s head. Lorcan tries for a leg, but gets another suplex snapped off on him for his trouble. Tim stretches him in a bow-and-arrow. Chicken wing bends Oney’s arm, but he gets to the ropes for a break. Thatcher knees him in the damaged arm though. Lorcan fights back with European uppercuts with his good arm, but Thatcher pulls him to the floor. Oney sends him shoulder first into the ringpost as we get some ads.
Each man is working with one good arm. Thatch in control when we return, but after eating some forearms Oney whips him into the corner. Half-and-half attempt, but Thatcher reverses. Lorcan with the half crab Thatcher’s been using in practice. When Tim works to get free, Oney gets an armbar. Thatcher fishhooks the mouth to get free, and the ref doesn’t see it. Half-and-half from Lorcan, but he only gets two. They trade chops, and Oney chickenwings Thatcher’s bad arm. They scramble, and while the hold is never broken, Thatch gets Lorcan’s shoulders to the mat for three.
Timothy Thatcher def. Oney Lorcan via pinfall
On replay, we see Tim had some tights while the ref counted.
McKenzie tries to get a word with Robert Stone, but he sends her away so Aliyah can check on his injured ankles. Mercedes Martinez walks up, and cuts Bob off before he can start his pitch. She says she needs someone to handle all the crap outside the ring so she can focus on hurting people inside it. He agrees, and she warns him to know his role. They shake on it, and Stone celebrates his first big signing.
Finn Balor promo: He thanks Lee for the opportunity, but says at his level, he doesn’t need charity. But he will take the NA title at TakeOver. And he has bad news for Timothy Thatcher and Dexter Lumis. There push ends next week when he faces them in a Triple Threat qualifier for TakeOver.
Karrion Kross vs. Dominik Dijakovic
After Kross’ big entrance with Scarlett, they start with a staredown and a stalemate off a lock-up. Dijakovic powers Kross into the corner on the next one, and Karrion boots him in the gut when the ref calls for the break. Front face lock, which Kross holds while DD shoves him into the corner. He finally breaks it with shots to the midsection. They each fight off the other’s finisher, and Dominik hits a rolling elbow that sends Kross to the floor. Karrion pulls back for a big punch, but DD dodges and he hits the plexiglass.
Back in the ring, Dijkovic charges into a boot, and gets a DDT after another kick. A flurry ends with a neckbreaker that gets two. DD turns the tide with a roll-up, but it’s not long before he takes a Saito suplex. Dominik fights back with strikes and lands a suplex, followed by a choke slam that gets two. Kross rolls out, so Dijakovic dives onto him, but soon gets sent into the steps. Kross smashes the steps into the post with DD’s head/neck in between!
The ref checks on Dijakovic, then restarts his count. Kross pulls Dijakovic in as Keith Lee enters. DD tells Keith not to stop it, it’s his call, and the champ glares as Kross pummels his frenemy with forearms. Karrion stares back as he locks in the Kross Jacket, and Lee gets in the ring as soon as the ref calls it.
Karrion Kross def. Dominik Dijakovic via submission/referee stoppage
The NXT champ checks on DD, and stares at Kross as we fade out.