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WWE NXT results, live blog (Aug. 12, 2020): TakeOver build continues

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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: The fallout from Pat McAfee’s show-closing punt to Adam Cole, another North American title Ladder Match entrant will be determined when Kushida, Cameron Grimes & a mystery man face off in a Triple Threat, and Karrion Kross tries to make Danny Burch his latest message to NXT champ Keith Lee. Plus, the two confirmed entrants tangle in Damian Priest vs. Bronson Reed, Tyler Breeze looks to avenge Fandango against Santos Escobar, a visit to Johnny Gargano & Candice LeRae’s house, 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!


WWE NXT RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR AUG. 12

We start with a recap of last week’s developments in the Pat McAfee/Adam Cole angle, and Karrion Kross & Keith Lee’s messages to one another. Then Mauro Ranallo welcomes us to tonight’s festivities. Vic Joseph is here with Ranallo and Beth Phoenix tonight.

Karrion Kross vs. Danny Burch

Full entrance for Kross & Scarlett. Burch charges to the ring and demands the bell be rung, then dropkicks Karrion before the smoke has cleared. It doesn’t work. He’s sent violently to the floor and dragged back in by his ear. Danny defiantly fights back around a release suplex, and knocks Kross down with another dropkick from the top. KK rolls through on a couple Germans, but gets leveled with a lariant that only nets a one count. Burch gets a crossface, but Kross stands up in and turns it into the Doomsday Saito suplex. He does a little more damage, then puts on the Kross Jacket. Danny fades out quickly.

Karrion Kross def. Danny Burch via submission/referee stoppage

His arm has barely been raised when Lee’s music hits. The duo roll out quickly. The champ says Kross likes to put this on him, but every time he tries to bring the ruckus, Karrion leaves. Since he’s a little bitch, Keith went to General Manager William Regal and begged, promising not to put his hands on KK until a match at TakeOver. Regal agreed, and Lee has a contract that just needs Kross’ “bitch ass name” on it. Scarlett takes it, Kross signs it, and his lady brings it back to the ring. The champ opens it, and flame leaps out of it, blinding Lee! A swarm of refs and trainers check on him. The Limitless One tries to get away from them and is screaming for Kross, but calm him down and try to lead him to an ambulance.

While we’re on a split screen for that, entrances for our next match start.


Drake Maverick vs. Killian Dain

Drake manages to stay away from the larger man at the bell, and we quickly go to picture-in-picture commercials. Dain takes control in the match, and we continue to get glimpses of the champ. He’s now being attended to by Mia Yim as well. She gets him in the ambulance, and Maverick gets back in the match by evading a senton and attacking the Irishman’s legs.

As the ambulance pulls out, we see Undisputed ERA drive up in a nice station wagon.

In the ring, Drake hits an elbow from the top, and here comes TUE! The quartet charges the ring and beats down both guys.

Drake Maverick vs. Killian Dain ends in a no contest

They kick them out of the ring, and Adam Cole gets a mic and tells Pat McAfee (who he knows is watching) to stop talking and listen. McAfee punted him while his arms were behind his back, so congrats for that. But at TakeOver, he’s going against the longest reigning NXT champ with his eyes open, and he’s gonna kick his ass. He dares Pat to show up her next week and walk down the ramp. Bobby Fish & Roderick Strong are enjoying Cole’s trash talk, while Kyle O’Reilly is stone-faced the entire time.

We flash back to last week’s Fandango abduction to prep us for the match after the commercials. First, Kushida says he’s winning tonight’s North American championship ladder match qualifier.

Tyler Breeze vs. Santos Escobar

Prince Pretty is all-business on his way in. The Cruiserweight champ enters with his Legado Del Fantasma henchman, but sends them to the back before the bell.

Breeze comes out swinging at the bell, but he’s the one eating strikes in short order. Escobar taunts Tyler while kicking him around the ring. He throws Breeze down, but takes too long to follow up and gets caught by an enziguri. Escobar rolls out, and chops Prince Pretty’s leg. He press slams him onto the apron and whips him into the stairs as we take another break.

The champ has a chinlock on Breeze back in the ring when we return. Another dropkick and a knee set-up for the Phantom Driver, but Tyler slips free and shoves Escobar to the floor. Santos returns to take a flurry from Breeze and gets dropped with a Supermodel Kick. Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza rush in, Breeze fights them off, but turns right into the Phantom Driver.

Santos Escobar def. Tyler Breeze via pinfall

A banged up Fandango limps down the ring, and uses the stick he’s leaning on to clear out the stable. The numbers game gets him though, and LDF sets to stomping him down when Isaiah “Swerve” Scott runs in and sends them scurrying.


Dakota Kai gets a video package. Everyone has put Io Shirai on a pedestal, but she figured out how to take her down. Kai says she’s done everything on her own, and she’ll win the title that way at TakeOver.

After some more ads, Ridge Holland talks about his debut last week. They hype was real. His second chance match for the NA title ladder match is next week against Johnny Gargano.

McKenzie Mitchell gets a word with Mia Yim before the next match. She had to leave the hospital to get back, but she thinks Lee is gonna be okay.

Indi Hartwell vs. Mia Yim

Wrist control at the start from Yim, but Hartwell turns it around after stomping on her foot. It’s not long until Mia takes out the taller woman’s knee with a basement drop kick. Senton in the corner gets two, but Indi sidesteps a follow-up charge and sends her into the corner. Back and forth ends with sideslam from Hartwell that gets two. Rear chinlock, but Yim keeps getting free only for the hold to be reapplied. After another nearfall, Indi starts tallking trash and smacking Yim in the head. Double leg takedown and strikes from the HBIC. Neckbreaker and suplex from Mia, and then she gets the tapout with a headscissor armbar.

Mia Yim def. Indi Hartwell via submission


Finn Balor promo, where he drops a bunch of “insider” jargon, including that it doesn’t matter if you’re 18, 49 or in a retirement home, you watch him. He gets the man who doesn’t factor in the decision in tonight’s Triple Threat in his second chance match next week.

A package on the stuff that happened between McAfee, Triple H, and Cole after last week’s show. Then we see a tweet from the Boomstick accepting Cole’s invitation. He’ll be here next week.

Damian Priest vs. Bronson Reed

Reed demands Priest meet him in the middle of the ring, and they lock-up there. They trade control. Exchanges of moves and strikes lead to more standstills. Priest dodges and gets a chance to hit a series of kicks, but gets caught when he tries a leaping back elbow in the corner. The Archer of Infamy rolls out before Auzilla can follow-up, and we take a break.

During the break, Priest shoved Reed into the steel steps. He’s got a rest hold in the ring, but Bronson punches his way out. Avalanche in the corner, but Damian fires back with kicks. He gets caught on a jumping back kick, though, and Reed follows with a senton for two. They trade blows, and an angry Priest hits a step-up senton. Back elbow in the corner, then hits the Broken Arrow, but Reed kicks out at two. The Thicc Boi answers with a brainbuster, and both men are down.

Roundhouse kick from Priest connects, but he can’t follow-up. Reed goes for a splash but mostly misses. The Archer goes for the Reckoning, but Reed turns it into a jackknife cover for the upset.

Bronson Reed def. Damian Priest via pinfall


The Women’s champ gets a video package to answer her TakeOver challenger. She didn’t even know who Kai was, just the person who used up friends like Candice LeRae and Tegan Nox. But when Dakota attacked her, she pissed her off. That’ll get settled a week from Saturday.

After a break, Cameron Grimes is hanging out at the swimming hole, vowing to win tonight and at TakeOver.

Mercedes Martinez & Aliyah vs. Kayden Carter & Kacy Catanzaro

Robert Stone brings out Aliyah, then they step aside for Martinez’s entrance. Stone gets a microphone in the ring and tries to recruit Catanzaro, saying he needs to lose her loser friend. The faces punk out and then attack the leg of Bob, sending him whimpering out of the ring.

Aliyah starts, taking tandem offense. Carter covers for two after stereo superkicks. Mercedes in and the heels hit a neckbreaker/wheelbarrow combo of their own. Kacy breaks up the pin as we go to commercial. Quick tags for Stone’s clients when we return as they work over Kayden. Aliyah gets too cute and lets Carter get free for a tag. Catanzaro in at the same time as Martinez, and Kacy uses her speed to stay away. She gets two on a cool looking flip heel kick. Things break down soon after though, and an Air Raid Crash ends it.

Mercedes Martinez & Aliyah def. Kayden Carter & Kacy Catanzaro via pinfall

MM wants nothing to do with Stone & Aliyah’s celebration. We’re not long into when Rhea Ripley hits the stage anyway. The double team puts Ripley down in the corner, but Shotzi Blackheart runs in to make the save! They send the heels running.


Time for our visit to the Wrestling Residence. Candice LeRae is reading a fairy tale to the dog, and uses the weird distraction gimmick to talk trash about Tegan Nox. Johnny Gargano tells her not to worry, because the Wednesday Knight will ride in and save the kingdom. He’s on a ladder changing a light bulb, and his “evil” promo is about how he’ll beat Holland next week and the next time he’s on a ladder, it’ll be at TakeOver to become North American champ. He says good night to their picture of Dok Hendrix and the couple head upstairs to bed.

We take a trip to Thatch As Thatch Can school. Timothy Thatcher says today’s lesson is adaptation. He’s applying to half-crab to a guy in a Balor shirt and transitions to a heel lock to destroy his Achilles.

Next week will have a six-man tag pitting Legado Del Fantasma against Breezango & Swerve in addition to the already announced matches & segments.

Kushida vs. Cameron Grimes vs. Velveteen Dream

Grimes and Dream tangle at first, but Velveteen sends Grimey to the outside. He sets to face off with Kushida, but the North Carolinian grabs Dream’s legs. He fights that off, but takes an awkward fall to the floor on the other side. Grimes flattens him, then Kushida hits him with a swinging DDT as we hit a commercial.

Grimes and Dream end up trading blows outside until Kushida takes Dream out with a somersault. Inside Kushida slaps on a submission on Grimes. Dream interrupts and escapes the Hoverboard Lock. However, Kushida gets it back on as a counter to the DVD. Grimes then takes Kushida out with the Cave In and sends Dream outside. That’s it.

Cameron Grimes def. Velveteen Dream & Kushida via pinfall (on Kushida) to advance to the North American championship Ladder Match at TakeOver: XXX

After Grimes makes his exit and stares at his prize, Dream attacks Kushida. He celebrates in the ring, and Finn slips in behind him. They do their poses at one another as the show ends.