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WWE NXT results, live blog (Jan. 27, 2021): Bálor & O’Reilly vs. Burch & Lorcan

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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.

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Advertised for tonight, live from the Capitol Wrestling Center: Jaw-breaking former foes Finn Bálor & Kyle O’Reilly team-up to deal with Pete Dunne’s buds Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch! The Dusty Classics continue with quarterfinal action - the men’s tournament brings us Killian Dain & Drake Maverick vs. MSK and Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Leon Ruff & Kushida, while Women’s continues when Dakota Kai & Raquel González square off with Aliyah & Jessi Kamea! Plus, Santos Escobar defends his Cruiserweight title against Curt Stallion, and more!

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Recaps of last week’s episode brings us into an episode that looks heavy on tag action since they stopped advertising the Cruiserweight title match they announced last Wednesday.

Killian Dain & Drake Maverick vs. MSK

Maverick and Wes Lee start off. Each man gets a takedown. Armbar and whip into the corner allows a tag to Nash Carter. Bronco Buster on Drake, then MSK employ quick tags to hit him with sentons. Drake gets free for a tag, and Dain hurls Maverick into Carter. That’s their offense for a stretch, the big Irishman using the smaller Brit as a weapon. It leads to a pair of nearfalls on Nash. Carter slips out of a fireman’s carry for a tag of his own. Tandem offense, then Lee with a running forearm that doesn’t faze Dain. He shoves Wes to the floor when he climbs to the top, and we go picture-in-picture.

Both the Furry and the Fury get time working Lee over during the break. Dain with a big slam and senton as we return. Maverick in for a cover and a front facelock, but Lee powers to the corner and throws Drake over his shoulder to get the tag. Carter is hot and the referee gets distracted stopping Dain from coming in. Nash takes out both men with dropkicks, then tags in Lee, who shoves him mid-standing moonsault onto Drake. Dain breaks up the pin, but he gets sent to the outside. Lee flies across the ring to hit a blockbuster on Maverick, then Carter covers him for three.

MSK def. Drake Maverick & Killian Dain via pinfall to advance to the semi-finals of the Dusty Classic

We see Pete Dunne drive Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch to the CWC.

A video introduces us to the two teams in tonight’s Women’s Dusty match. Robert Stone narrates for his side.

Before that match, McKenzie Mitchell sits down with Curt Stallion. He talks about making towns from West Texas to Chicago, when he saw a shooting star that told him where Curt “The Lone Star” Stallion should go. He lost me here, honestly, but the point is he needs to win the Cruiserweight title, so I guess it is happening tonight.

Raquel González & Dakota Kai vs. Aliyah & Jessi Kamea

Stone is in the ring with his clients. Kai enters first so González gets a bit of a spotlight. She starts with Aliyah and hurls her across the ring. Kamea in, she tries for a leg but gets powered onto the Big Texan’s shoulder. Jessi gets free and connects with a drop kick, but a distraction from Kai allows Raquel to hit her in the back with a forearm. Dakota in, but Kamea gets more offense in, then tags her partner for an acrobatic forearm. Aliyah on a roll, but when the action spills to the floor González saves Kai from crashing into the steps and sends her back at Aliyah for a pump kick. Raquel in, and she beats down Aliyah. Kai in for the running boot, but she can’t get three. The assault continues into an assisted stomp, but Aliyah won’t stay down. She eventually gets a DDT on Kai, but both women gets tags. Kamea is in to get booted and chokeslammed by González.

Raquel González & Dakota Kai def. Aliyah & Jessi Kamea via pinfall to advance to the semi-finals of the Dusty Classic

The winners will face Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell next week. Mitchell interviews The Way, and Hartwell & LeRae say they’re going to win the whole thing. She then tried to ask Johnny Gargano if Kushida has earned a North American title shot thanks to his two wins over him. Gargano freaks out, and Austin Theory explains we don’t say Kushida any more, like we used to not say “curse”. But he says Kushida while doing it, which freaks Johnny out more. Dexter Lumis is behind them. Good stuff.

After a commercial, Scarlett’s doing tarot readings in Russian again. She warns everyone to stay on their path or Karrion Kross will deal with them.

Beth Phoenix tells us that Tegan Nox’s training session with Brie Larson will be on the actor’s YouTube channel tomorrow.

Tyler Rust vs. Some Guy

We get an inset promo Rust’s manager Malcolm Bivens as the match starts. He hand picked Tyler’s opponent tonight after his client demanded a shot at Bronson Reed last week.

This one is mostly Rust, but Rios(?) gets in some offense when Bivens coaching distracts Tyler. He gets back into when he catches an aerial move with a forearm. Nifty front flip snapmare into a Rings of Saturn ends it.

Tyler Rust def. Rios via submission

Bivens takes a selfie of his client posing over his fallen foe.

The other two men’s Dusty teams competing tonight get a video to say why they’ll win. That’s next.

But first, some commercials, and then Mitchell talking to Finn Bálor. Or trying to, when Kyle O’Reilly steps in and she steps out. Kyle asks if the champ is ready and he says always. O’Reilly then asks if he can trust him, and Finn asks what does he think. KOR says it doesn’t matter as long as they’re on the same page. They agree to meet in the ring.

Kushida & Leon Ruff vs. Grizzled Young Veterans

Zack Gibson promos to the ring as usual, then starts with Kushida. Technical stalemate frustrates Gibson, but when James Drake saves his partner from a whip into the corner, it turns to the tide. He comes in with a spinning heel kick and covers Kushida. The Japanese star backs into his corner, Ruff comes in with a leg sweep. Flurry leads to drop kick that sends Drake face first into the turnbuckle. The faces employ quick tags and stay in control. Springboard head scissor from Ruff, but Drake with a takedown on Ruff and an elbow to Kushida on the apron gets him free for a tag. All four men in the ring, Leon gets two on Gibson in the melee, then we go to commercial.

Drake in control of Ruff when we return. Gibson in, but heads right out to hit the backbreaker part of a combo on the floor as his partner flies down with an axe handle. Drake takes time to trash talk Kushida, which lets Ruff get to him for the tag. Chops, atomic drop and drop kick. Another kick to the arm in the corner and then he tries to take him down for a Hoverboard Lock, but Drake backs into his corner for a tag. Gibson goes for a slam but it gets turned into an octopus stretch, but Gibson chops him in the throat to get free. Tag, Doomsday Device! But Drake can only keep Kushida down for two.

GYV can’t connect for Ticket to Mayhem, and Kushida gets the tag. Dive takes out Drake at the announce table, top rope senton takes out Gibson on the other side. Drake recovers to save his partner from a top rope splash however. Ticket to Mayhem!

Grizzled Young Veterans def. Kushida & Leon Ruff via pinfall to advance to the semi-finals of the Dusty Classic

While the victors ogle the trophy, Gargano & Theory run in to attack. The protegé makes Ruff watch while Gargano hits the slingshot DDT on Kushida. Lumis shows up behind them to scare The Way off.

We see Stallion laid out backstage. General Manager William Regal checks on him, and he says “Legado”...

Mitchell interview Santos Escobar and his group, who start to say how sorry they are Stallion won’t be able to compete, when a pissed off Regal storms in. Next week, he will defend his title against Stallion, and if anything happens to him, the whole group will pay.

The champ goes to grab his belt and leave, then finds a tarot card on his stuff. He acts freaked out because “The End is Near”, but then throws it away and tells his guys they need to leave before happy hour is over.

Toni Storm hits the ring and grabs a mic. She promos about how she wants to destroy Io Shirai and take her title, which brings out Shirai. The champ says she’ll fight her anywhere because she doesn’t like her. Take down by Toni! Io turns it over and sends Storm to the floor with a drop kick. She’s jawing at Storm on the floor when Mercedes Martinez attacks from behind! She slams Io down and grabs the belt, which brings Toni in. They argue and Mercedes gets dropkicked in the back, which sends Storm to the floor! Double knees to Martinez in the corner. Toni pulls her to safety, but just so she can attack the champ. She sends Shirai into the corner then nails her with a trio of hip attacks, then poses with the belt.

McKenzie interviews Isaiah “Swerve” Scott backstage, and wants to know why he stepped to Bronson Reed last week. Swerve wants to know why no one asked Reed why he stepped to him when he was trying to talk to Jake Atlas a few weeks ago? He sees how it is, everyone blames him. He does the “when you point at me three fingers are pointing back at you” thing then heads to the ring for his match with Reed.

But first, more commercials. And after that Imperium gets a promo. They’ve been separated for a year and still won gold. But they’re getting back together to restart their quest for world domination. Alexander Wolfe says his return is just the beginning...

Mitchell with Undisputed ERA. Adam Cole talks about how well they know Tommaso Ciampa, and how impressed they were with Timothy Thatcher in the Fight Pit. But those dorks won’t stop them from becoming two-time Dusty Cup champions.

Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Bronson Reed

Reed drives Swerve to the corner, and Scott hits a high knee during the break. They brawl to the apron where Swerve is in charge with kicks at first, but then gets flipped to the ground, bouncing off the apron. Reed dives and flattens him with a forearm as we go to commercial.

Swerve is in control when we return, and we see that he got the advantage by driving Reed shoulder first into the ring post on the outside. Scott is going to an arm submission, and when he can’t get one he claws the face until the referee forces a break. He tries for a flatliner, but Bronson swats him to the floor. Running splash and senton, and Reed lives him up for a delayed suplex, then brings him down to his shoulders to drive him into the mat. Swerve kicks out at two. The big Aussie tries for another power move but his shoulder gives out. They end up battling on top rope, and Scott brings him down with control of the bad shoulder. 450 Splash follow-up, but Reed kicks out at two! Swerve warns him to stay out of his business with some clubbing blows, but that just angers the big man. He hulks up, puts Scott down and ends it with Tsunami Splash.

Bronson Reed def. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott via pinfall

Tommaso Ciampa is in his promo garage. In his 16 years in the business, there are fights you win, fights you lose, and fights you remember. Timothy Thatcher pulls up a chair and talks about the respect they forged in their fight last week. Next week they’re going to war with Undisputed ERA.

The last two quarterfinal matches (Cole & Strong vs. Ciampa & Thatcher and Lucha House Party vs. Legado Del Fantasma) are next week.

Finn Bálor & Kyle O’Reilly vs. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch

Bálor starts with Lorcan as the announcers play up the tension between the champ and his partner. Fast paced and a quick takedown, then Finn tags in O’Reilly. They stare at each other, which lets Danny Burch tag in as well. KOR scores a takedown and works the arm. He goes for a tag, but Burch drags him to the Tag champs corner with a headlock focused on Kyle’s injured jaw. Quick tags from the Brit-Am Brawlers as they target the jaw. Kyle fights through it and gets to his corner, and it’s the frenemies who employ quick tags as they work over Burch. Oney tries for a save and gets sent to the floor, and his partner is sent after him as we go PiP.

O’Reilly is face-in-peril on the small screen, but gets a quick tag when we return, and Finn comes in hot. Stomps to everyone, but trying to go two-on-one gets him in trouble. Burch works him over in the corner, then Lorcan takes him down with ground & pound. Quick tags as the focus on Bálor’s left shoulder. He almost fights free, but a double atomic drop and leg sweep allows Oney to get two. Lorcan stretches him and works the right shoulder. Pele kick gets the NXT champ some separation, but he can’t reach Kyle’s outstretched hand. A slingblade finally gets him free, and O’Reilly is in. He sends Oney to the floor and lights Danny up with kicks, running forearm, but Burch fights out of submissions by targeting the jaw. He grabs a heel hook off a drop kick and the Brit has to tap!

Finn Bálor & Kyle O’Reilly def. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch via submission

O’Reilly tries to warn Finn, but he’s pulled to the ground as we see Pete Dunne step to Bálor. Both the Irishman and his partner try to fight, but the numbers get to them. Cole & Strong arrive, but not fast enough to keep Dunne from snapping Finn’s fingers. The good guys hold the ring and jaw at the heels on the ramp. Bálor and O’Reilly share a nod before Finn rolls out, and that’s where we leave things.

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