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Advertised for tonight: Finn Bálor’s reign as NXT champion begins, Damian Priest puts his North American title on the line against Timothy Thatcher, Imperium gets their rematch for the Tag belts against champs Breezango, Io Shirai faces Shotzi Blackheart in non-title action, Drake Maverick tries to not get punched by teammate Killian Dain when they face Undisputed ERA, and more!
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WWE NXT RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR SEPT. 16
We run down last week’s big events (new champ! food fight! badasses!) and get hype for tonight’s two championship matches. Then Vic Joseph welcomes us to the show.
Shotzi Blackheart vs. Io Shirai
No mention of Shotzi’s staple gun promo. Blackheart offers her hand in a sign of respect, but the champ slaps it away. Evenly matched in the early going, with Shotzi getting a few covers and then locking in a submission that leaves Io scrambling for a rope break. She gets it, and the ensuing brawl leads to the Genius of the Sky hitting a moonsault off the top to the outside. She brings Blackheart in for a nearfall and we go picture-in-picture.
The champ is in control during the commercials, but Shotzi dodges a charge as soon as we come back. Dropkick into the corner, then a facebuster. Blackheart hits a knee before Io hulks up and they go blow-for-blow in the middle of the ring. Each evades kicks, but when Shotzi tries to stretch Shirai, it’s countered to a crossface. Blackheart struggles, then like Io gets a toe on the bottom rope. The ensuing scramble ends with a senton into the ropes from Shotzi. A bridging suplex gets a great nearfall. She bridges into a submission, but Shirai gets her opponent’s shoulders on the mat to force her to release the hold. She charges back with a facebuster. Tiger Feint Kick leads to a dropkick from the top. One, two, no!
Shotzi back with a super-rana, but the champ kicks out. They battle to the top, but neither can hit anything from there. On the apron, Io German’s Blackheart right on the back of her neck. Shirai gets her in the ring, but can’t get three! Running knees in the corner, then a moonsault from the top ends it. Great match.
Io Shirai def. Shotzi Blackheart via pinfall
Show of respect from the champ in the aftermath as Joseph, Wade Barrett and Beth Phoenix sing Shotzi’s praises.
A video package puts over the vicious streak Tommaso Ciampa’s brought back with him. He’s in action next.
Tommaso Ciampa vs. Desmond Troy
Troy makes the mistake of expecting a clean break on the opening lock-up and eats a knee for it. The newcomer manages to hit a drop kick, but it’s not long before the beatdown is back on. Slingshot into the bottom turnbuckle. Willow’s Bell.
Tommaso Ciampa def. Desmond Troy via pinfall
The Blackheart gets a chair, but before he can attack, Jake Atlas is here with a microphone. He asks if Ciampa remembers him. He could run out there and attack the former champ, but he’s not a coward. He wants a match next week, and a smile from Tommaso looks like acceptance.
Faceless interviewer guy catches up with Drake Maverick on his way to the building. He’s confident he and Killian Dain will be able to get on the same page against Undisputed ERA tonight, even though he hasn’t heard from Dain all week, and doesn’t have his number, and...
After a break, our new NXT champ gets to talk in a pre-tape package. Finn Balor puts over Adam Cole, but says he’s the best. The questions keep coming - how is it being champ four years apart? Last time, he was building the brand. Now, the brand needs him. His wearing the belt means he’s the most important champ in the business, even as they show pictures of Roman Reigns, Drew McIntyre, and WALTER. He says guys need to fight to face him. Balor tells them to line up.
Austin Theory is out proclaiming himself a first ballot Hall of Famer. His loss to Bronson Reed was a fluke, which he’s going to prove right now by issuing an open challenge to the locker room. The call is answered by Velveteen Dream’s worst nightmare, Kushida!
Austin Theory vs. Kushida
The Japanese Superstar attacks before the bell, but Theory gets back into it. He misses a standing shooting star press, and that creates an opening for Kushida. Battling on the floor, he sends the younger star into the ringpost shoulder first and goes to work on the arm. It’s not long before he has the Hoverboard Lock in.
Kushida def. Austin Theory via submission
Kushida won’t let go of the hold after the bell! The referee finally forces him to let go as the announcers wonder what’s gotten into the legendary super-junior.
After some ads, we visit with the Garganos. Candice is upset that Tegan Nox is ungrateful, and just doesn’t get their way. Johnny’s mad their TV was busted; he hasn’t gone upstairs in a week because there’s still spaghetti everywhere. He wants to send Tegan a bill for their expensive new TV. She looks forward to winning next week’s #1 contender battle royal, and Gargano mocks the guys in the North American title match.
Breezango vs. Imperium
Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel attack before the bell, but the champs hold their own. Aichner hits Fandango with a cheap shot as soon as the match starts, and the beatdown on the Deputy starts immediately. The heels employ quick tags, and make the use of five counts as the work Dango over. The champ gets a boot up on a whip and elbows the German off the apron, but then Aichner turns him inside out with a clothesline. Imperium keeps him isolated in their corner. Barthel gets two off a suplex. Dango looks like he might punch his way free, but Barthel comes out of nowhere to take out his knee. The heels hit a tandem drop kick as we go to commercial.
Shortly after we return, Fandango lands some strikes on Barthel. He gets caught by the tights before he can tag, but with a big clothesline of his own he gets the corner and Tyler Breeze is finally in! He throws the Italian all around, eventually getting a half crab locked in. Barthel breaks that up, but Dango takes him out. Breezango get Aichner hung up in the corner, but after a Supermodel Kick, Barthel breaks up Breeze’s cover. Back and forth leads to a nifty spot where Barthel shoves Prince Pretty off the top into Aichner’s arms, he catches him for a suplex. Fandango barely breaks up the cover.
Things break down and Imperium goes for the same tandem move on the outside, but Dango saves his partner. Back in, he goes for the leg drop off the top but Aichner evades. Barthel kicks him in the jaw and a suplex follow-up gets a close nearfall. Fandango’s in trouble, but manages to get a tornado DDT. Both men tag, and a blind tag by Barthel sets Breeze up for the European bomb, but Dango shoves Aichner into his partner. Prince Pretty stacks him up, and the good guys win!
Breezango def. Imperium via pinfall to retain their NXT Tag Team championship
Jessi Kamea & Xia Li vs. Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter
The announce team plays this up as a chance to possibly earn a WWE Women’s Tag Team title shot. Catanzaro & Carter get the first pinfall when Kacy slides and grabs Li’s foot while Kayden slings her to the mat. Xia gets free with strikes, but tandem offense continues from C & C. A big clothesline from the tall Kamea allows that team to take control with Catanzaro in peril. Kacy evades a splash in the corner, and both teams tag. Carter & Li have a striking exchange that Kayden wins with a drop kick. Superkicks for both her opponents, then tag to Catanzaro. Pump kick from Kacy while Kayden had Xia in a crucifix, then Catanzaro pops over for a bridging pin.
Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter def. Jessi Kamea & Xia Li via pinfall
The winners offer a fist bump in the aftermath, but Xia doesn’t want anything to do with it.
We see Drake finally find Killain, who doesn’t know about the match, and tells Maverick he’s on his own.
After a break, Tegan Nox cuts a promo about how Candice has changed. The LeRae she knew definitely wouldn’t sit around and listen to her husband whine about a $200 TV that she broke, just so he can watch himself lose on it. It boils down to Candice wants a lackey, while Tegan just wanted her friend back. But that’s okay, next week she’s gonna win the battle royal, and she can’t wait to see the look on Johnny’s face when it happens. She also warns Io that this time, she won’t come up short.
Undisputed ERA (Roderick Strong & Bobby Fish) vs. Drake Maverick & Killian Dain
No Dain, and Maverick heads in for what looks like a handicap match. Drake does his never-say-die thing, but things go about as well as you’d expect. We occasionally see shots of guys watching in the back, and Killian is enjoying seeing his “partner” get his butt kicked.
After a break, Fish is working over Drake when we see General Manager William Regal step to Dain. The big Irishman argues that he didn’t sign up for the match, but gets up and heads to the ring just as Maverick is thrown to the floor. He picks up Drake and tells him to get in the ring and lose like a man. TUE mock him and tell him to keep steppin’. He turns around and they throw Maverick at him. He sidesteps and heads into the ring and wipes out Roddy. Fish comes in with a chair and that’s the DQ...
Drake Maverick & Killian Dain def. Undisputed ERA by disqualification
Maverick grabs the chair from Fish, allowing Dain to clean house. Drake is fired up and slaps Killian in the chest, excited they’re a tag team. He gets punched in the face for it.
Jake Atlas is seen leaving as faceless interviewer guy catches up to him and asks what he was thinking setting up the match against Tommaso Ciampa for next week. Before he can get too far into his answer, Ciampa attacks. Steve Corino, some other agents and Kyle O’Reilly of all people break it up. Tommaso tells Jake he’ll see him next week, and KOR he’ll deal with him soon, too.
After a break, it’s MAJOR announcement time! Regal reveals Balor’s next challenger will be determined in a Gauntlet Eliminator match. Five men will compete. Two start, with others entering a four minute intervals. You have to be pinned or submitted to be eliminated. The winner gets The Prinxe at TakeOver on Oct. 4.
Damian Priest vs. Timothy Thatcher
Grappling to start, and Priest holds his own, but ends up underneath. He finally gets on offense when he wins a power contest as they exchange shoulder block. The champ is nursing his arm, but it doesn’t stop him from trying for a powerbomb on the floor. Thatcher shoves him into the ring steps, then suplexes him on the floor as we got PiP.
Priest fights his way back into it on the small screen, and they’re a-clubbering each other when we get back to full screen. A slap by Thatcher fires up the champ, and Priest comes back with a flurry and a big clothesline that turns the challenger inside out. Spinning back elbow in the corner is followed by doing the deal with a Falcon Arrow, but Thatch kicks out at two.
Thatcher tries for an armbar but catches two kicks to the dome for his trouble. Priest tries for a springboard enziguri but Thatcher sidesteps and tries for the armbar again. Another striking exchange, again won by the champ... but Thatcher was playing possum. He catches a kick and goes for a legbar. He finally gets it and turns him over, but the Archer of Infamy makes the ropes. It’s not long before he’s stuck in the Fujiwara armbar, but Priest gets a toe on the ropes. He goes for South of Heaven, but his arm gives out. He connects with a flatliner, then hits his chokeslam a second later, but can only get two. Spinning heel kick off the top, Reckoning, and that’s all she wrote.
Damian Priest def. Timothy Thatcher via pinfall to retain the NXT North American championship