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WWE NXT results, live blog (Dec. 21, 2021): AJ Styles comes calling

Here's a place to check results and comment along with the newest episode of WWE NXT, airing live on Tuesday night at 8PM Eastern time slot on USA Network.

Check out our Tuesday morning preview post to get caught up on what's been happening, and what we expect this week.

Advertised for tonight from the WWE Performance Center: Former tag partners Raquel González and Dakota Kai once again try to end their rivalry — in a Street Fight! Plus, AJ Styles is coming to give Grayson Waller a clue, Pete Dunne tries to teach Tony D’Angelo some respect, Diamond Mine’s The Creed Brothers take on Grizzled Young Veterans, Trick Williams faces his fears when he faces Dexter Lumis, Von Wagner will be in action, and more!

Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the NXT live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. A running record of everything that happens will be below this line here.

Enjoy the show!


I won’t stand in your way, let your hatred grow. And she’ll scream, and she’ll shout, and she’ll pray, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with Tommaso Ciampa in the ring, mic in hand.

He starts off by saying he’s got something he has to get off his chest. As NXT Champion, you are the hunted, everybody has their eyes on you and the title you hold above your head, but he’s a little bit different than everyone who held the title before him, because Ciampa, he does the hunting, and last week Bron Breakker was the hunted.

He knows he’s champing at the bit to interrupt him, but no need, because Tom is inviting him to his ring and he wants to say what he has to say face to face.

Enter Bron Breakker, naturally.

Ciampa stops him from getting a microphone and says everybody knows what he’s going to say— at WarGames he made a statement, right? Speared Tom through a table and pressed him into a powerslam and pinned him, 1-2-3? He doesn’t just want another shot at the title, he’s earned it, right?

And on a big state, right, New Year’s Evil, January 4, Breakker/Ciampa II? That’s what you’re thinking? Tom says he agrees and Bron deserves that title match and let’s just hope he doesn’t drown like he did the first time. Because once he gets his second opportunity, he wants him to remember what he said about jumping into the deep end.

At Halloween Havoc he exposed Breakker’s inexperience in the ring and in life and there’s no replacement for time and experience. Bron has all the tools, everyone knows it, but the thing is, he’s not ready to be a champion in Tom’s NXT, to be like Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Shinsuke Nakamura, Finn Balor, and Tommaso Ciampa.

All guys who spent a decade before WWE and then spent another decade in WWE perfecting their craft, and Breakker has what, ten to twenty matches? And he’s not trying to be disrespectful because he’s doing great, he just doesn’t know if he’s ready for the bright lights and the weight of the world on his shoulders.

One mistake, one slip off the rope, and it’s gone, and he’s sure that’s not gonna happen again, and he knows in Bron’s head he’s imagining the celebrations, and then reality hits. Ciampa slaps him across the face to punctuate the statement, Bron grabs a goozle, military press... and then he sets Tom down nice and easy and picks the title belt up.

Breakker gets in his face and says blood is in the water and this shark is gonna eat him alive in two weeks.

We get an Instagram video from Grayson Waller where he talks about growing up loving AJ Styles but he’s kinda like that other guy he got rid of, and he’s hanging on just a little too long. He proposes stealing the “Phenomenal” tagline and mocks Styles’ hair.

Dakota Kai attacks Raquel Gonzalez backstage and throws her into some stray equipment! Laying forearms in, picking up a steel pole, she swings it but Raquel blocks her! Dakota goes for a Frankensteiner, Gonzalez reverses and swings her into some lighting scaffolding!

Raquel prowling after her, she scoops her up and lawn darts her into a storage unit but going for a second proves to be a mistake as Kai reverses! Pump kick, another one, Gonzalez comes back by ramming her with a scaffolding piece! Scoop lift, Snake Eyes into a road case!

Dakota comes back throwing some miscellaneous stuff at her, Gonzalez blasts her with a kick and Kai barely dodges the road case that follows! Dakota hammers her with a trash can, basement superkick, referees come down to warn her that the match can’t start in the back while she sets up a plastic folding table!

Gonzalez rams her with a flatbed cart and sets her up on it, ramming her into a garage door! Kai stumbles outside, Raquel follows and throws her into the garage door from the outside as we go to break!

Dakota Kai vs. Raquel Gonzalez (Street Fight)

Back from commercial, the match has reached ringside and is officially in progress.

Gonzalez wallops Kai with the annouce table cover and goes under the ring for copious amounts of plunder before settling on the steel steps. Dakota dodges and hits a pump kick, smashing her face-first into the steel steps! Brawling around ringside, Raquel gets under her with an electric chair but Kai slips out and stomps her head into the steps!

Back in the ring, Gonzalez gets a flapjack into an opened chair and moves on to setting up a table in the corner. Raquel goes for a powerbomb but Kai reverses to a Frankensteiner, over the ropes and to the floor! Dakota slides a trash can over her head and goes up to the apron... DOUBLE STOMP OFF THE APRON AND INTO THE TRASH CAN!

Inverted facelock blocked, Gonzalez hits a powerbomb into the steel steps! Choking Kai on the table, she throws her back inside and follows after but Dakota’s got upkicks to stagger her. Raquel runs her over with a big boot, another powerbomb lift... POWERBOMB INTO THE TRASH CAN! IT’S OVER!

Raquel Gonzalez wins by pinfall with a powerbomb into a trash can.

Post-match, Raquel gets on the mic and calls Mandy Rose down for a title rematch right now! She says she won’t leave until she gets it and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a Tony D’Angelo hype reel.

Raquel Gonzalez is still in the ring waiting for Mandy Rose.

Enter Cora Jade.

She says she knows Raquel is calling Mandy out and she deserves her title shot, but Toxic Attraction need to pay for trying to end her career. The only way is to cut the head of the snake off and take the title. Gonzalez says Jade is her girl and she’s got guts, but when it comes to the women’s title, it’s every woman for herself, and she hasn’t been the same since Halloween Havoc.

She took care of Dakota Kai and there’s only one thing left to do, and she’ll do anything to get her title back.

Mandy Rose interrupts from the pool and says she knows this isn’t just about her title, this is about what she’s done for the women’s division and the entire brand, and at New Year’s Evil, it’ll be a three-way for her title, featuring both of them.

And because she’s full of surprises, they get an ass-whipping, too!

Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne attack Raquel and Cora from behind! They throw Gonzalez through the table that wasn’t broken during the street fight!

We get a recap of Harland throwing Brian Kendrick down the steps.

Joe Gacy and Harland are in a dark room to issue a public apology.

Joe says Harland is very sensitive and is too shaken up to speak but you can see the regret written all over his face, and they’d like to apologize, but Kendrick triggered an emotion that took him back to a bad time. They don’t condone violence, but Mr. Kendrick put his hands on Harland used offensive language, calling him a freak.

He hopes that everyone will learn and grow from this unfortunate event and thanks us for our time.

Grizzled Young Vets are getting ready backstage and James Drake is stunned by an Instagram video the Creed Brothers have put up.

Zack Gibson says he hates arrogant, cocky tag teams, and he has a plan to beat them with their smarts and not their muscle, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Indi Hartwell is working out when Persia Pirotta rolls up to tell her their match is postponed.

Grayson Waller rolls up and Indi hands it to him for taking Johnny Gargano out. He makes some bullshit argument about Aussie solidarity and she tells him to worry about AJ Styles. Waller provokes Hartwell more while Pirotta holds her back.

Creed Brothers (Brutus & Julius Creed) vs. Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake & Zack Gibson)

Julius and Zack to start, mat grappling early, tag to Brutus, throwing Gibson around, quick tags, Gibson with upkicks. Julius whips him to the corner, sacrifice from Drake to cut him off, tag made and a hanging double axehandle off the top for two. Hard whip to the corner, back elbow, corner lariat, spinning wheel kick, Zack tags in, cover for two.

Drake back in, trading punches, Brutus with the blind tag, waistlock takedown, knees to the ribs! Tossing powerbomb... NOPE! Gibson runs interference, blind tag, kick to the kidneys, shoving Creed to the floor and taking the fight to him with a Demolition Decapitation plancha!

Jacket Time make their way through and set up a little podium by the announce desk and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Jacket Time are stationed at their impromptu commentary booth as GYV work Brutus over. Briggs & Jensen come down the ramp to watch the match, Drake with a front chancery, wrenching it in, Brutus gets a back body drop and a tag to Julius! Running hot, brothers slapping each other for quick tags, powerslam... NOPE!

To the floor, Julius brawling with Gibson, James dives on them, Zack wants a powerbomb but Creed reverses and Jacket Time get into it with the Creeds! Shoved into their desk, the match breaks down...

The match goes to a no-context, presumably.

Briggs & Jensen join the fray as all four tag teams fight around ringside!

Carmelo Hayes is interviewed backstage.

He says Trick Williams is fearless and isn’t scared of Dexter Lumis. Williams says he’s got this and he’s no punk that’s gonna get put in a trunk. Lumis always walks around eyes wide and thumb up, and he’s gonna shove his thumb up his ass tonight.

Dexter appears on the TV next to them and spooks them, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get footage from earlier of Io Shirai and Zoey Stark in the trainer’s room and getting into an argument with Legado del Fantasma.

Elektra Lopez rolls up and says everyone knows Io is crazy, but she’s not afraid of her. Shirai responds in Japanese and Lopes backs off. Zoey says she knows Shirai was sticking up for her and likes her and Io says she does not as she leaves.

Dexter Lumis vs. Trick Williams

Lumis starts at Williams and he scrambles back in the ropes! Pump kick caught, Dexter shoves him back and Carmelo Hayes gives him a pep talk. Trick runs further away as Lumis follows after him, back inside, duck the lariat, Lou Thesz Press into mounted punches! Williams with right hands, leapfrog, dropkick, smashing Dexter’s face into the mat and throwing him to the apron!

We see Malcolm Bivens and Ivy Nile watching from the crowd, Trick gets caught in the apron and Lumis hits a superkick before squaring up with Carmelo! Thumbs up, Roderick Strong appears from behind and the two champs duke it out, fighting to the back!

Dexter with a right hand, back inside, Williams kicks the bottom rope into his throat and beats him down! Scoop and a slam, cover for two, another slam, another cover, reverse chinlock applied to try and grind Lumis down. Reversed, Trick slings him off and they get to trading hands.

Corner lariat into the bulldog, Dexter running hot, back suplex into the kip-up, turning leg drop! Trick takes his shoe off and tries to clobber Lumis but he blocks, Side Effect into the arm triangle...

Dexter Lumis wins by submission with Silence.

Post-match, Grayson Waller attacks Lumis with a steel chair!

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a Pete Dunne hype reel where he talks about not letting the NXT 2.0 kids stand in his way.

Grayson Waller is in the ring and on the mic.

He talks about how he can’t stand WWE Hall of Fame speeches where legends thank the WWE Universe, who he says are pathetic. When he’s inducted, he’s gonna say “you’re welcome” and “I told you so”, because he’s proven that he is THE NXT superstar.

Enter AJ Styles.

He gets in the ring and Waller gives him a mock big intro. Styles tells him he can shut up now and asks if this is THE Grayson Waller he’s heard so much about, the biggest jackass in NXT. He saw his little social media, saw him talking trash, and asks if he feels good about himself.

Waller says he feels real popular, going from “that kid has potential” to “THE NXT superstar” in one month and getting the attention of a future Hall of Famer. But why is he here, to be the veteran that helps out the new guy or is he just looking for a new tag partner to make himself relevant on Raw the next few months.

He appreciates the offer but he’s more of a singles guy, and AJ accuses him of calling him out just to get the AJ Styles rub. He sees all the stuff Waller takes from him and he’ll give it to him, he has potential and he can appreciate that he’s cocky, but a future superstar?

Bron Breakker, Tony D’Angelo, Carmelo Hayes, he can see all of those guys making it, but the jury’s still out on Grayson Waller. His problem is that he’d rather look good and lose than look back and win. Waller points out that he won at WarGames, but AJ says he himself said wins and losses count less than swipes and likes.

They square up but Grayson backs off and says he’ll let Omos have first and get Styles next.

Diamond Mine are backstage and Malcolm Bivens cuts a promo.

He tells Carmelo and Trick that’s what happens when you disrespect them, and they want two things, respect and money. So, at New Year’s Evil, he proposes a champion vs. champion, title vs. title match. Roderick Strong says he’s got two weeks to find his balls, and Malcolm wishes Hayes a Merry Christmas to send us to break.

Back from commercial, we get another Matt Riddle vignette with MSK.

Wes Lee admits that he was skeptical at first but Riddle has lead them on a journey of enlightenment, and Riddle says he’s learned some things and can’t wait to share them with Randy Orton, and gives them some sweet RK-BRO merch for Christmas. He tells them to call Imperium out next week, and he’ll be there with them.

Things get weird and MSK wake up... back at the train stop they were at the beginning of the vignettes. They swear off their “supplies” but when the find the RK-Bro merch they wonder if it was really a dream. A bus rolls up and Matt Riddle gets out and snaps them some scooters into existence and they ride off.

Edris Enofe vs. Von Wagner

Wagner destroys Edris early while Robert Stone watches from the ramp, he gets a little bit of a comeback but Von beats him up at length. This seems like an obvious squash but Enofe thinks fast...

Edris Enofe wins by pinfall with a schoolboy pin.

Post-match, Wagner attacks and throws him back in the ring, laying him out with an Olympic Slam! Wristlock applied, drawing Enofe up before destroying him with a short-arm lariat!

Imperium are interviewed backstage.

They say they shattered MSK’s hearts into a million pieces and they’re trying to put them together, but they drove Riddle out of town the first time and he won’t help them. They may have found a shaman, but they have a general.

Commentary hypes up the New Year’s Evil card for us.

Elektra Lopez is walking backstage with Legado del Fantasma.

She says she’s not nervous, she’s going to destroy Io Shirai.

Xyon Quinn comes up behind them and we go to break.

Back from commercial we get a video package for NXT’s charitable efforts.

Elektra Lopez vs. Io Shirai

Collar and elbow, Lopez with a body slam, charging elbow in the corner, Shirai sidesteps, stomps in the corner, choking her, thinking Senton de la Muerte but Elektra gets the knees up! Shoving her, choking her in the ropes, trading forearms, Lopez with a spinebuster... NOPE!

Reverse chinlock applied, Io gets out, Tiger feint kick, missile dropkick! Corner knees, cover for two, headed up top but Elektra cuts her off and both women are down and out! Xyon Quinn comes down and beats up Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde! He opens his jacket and pulls out mistletoe and approaches the ring, match still in progress.

Lopez approaches, he holds it above her but Mendoza recovers and takes him off the apron! Shirai with a right hand, up top...

Io Shirai wins by pinfall with the diving moonsault.

Carmelo Hayes cuts a promo on Roderick Strong from the locker room, saying he’s gonna give Roderick Strong a Christmas present, but he’s gonna be the one walking out with two titles.

Tony D’Angelo makes his entrance to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Brian Kendrick responds to Joe Gacy’s non-apology.

He says he’s resigned as a coach and signed a waiver, and taking his neck brace off, he tells Harland if he wants an apology, he can get it from him in the ring, next week.

Pete Dunne vs. Tony D’Angelo

Collar and elbow, D’Angelo with a wristlock, arm wringer, reversed to a hammerlock, Dunne goes for a stomp to the hand but Tony rolls away! Back to the lockup, another wristlock, Pete rolls through and reverses, but D’Angelo gets right to the safety of the ropes and pops him a hard right hand!

Off the ropes, leapfrogs, Tony with a cradle suplex! Dunne fires back with chops, looking for a guillotine choke, reversed to a back body drop! D’Angelo with stomps, Pete with more chops, looking for a double wristlock, reversed to a German suplex! Another German, Dunne lands on his feet and takes Tony’s head off with a kick!

Running dropkick, D’Angelo rolls away from a knee on the apron and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Dunne has an Ode to Jim Breaks in and follows it up with a knee drop across the elbow! Wristlock stomps, chops, D’Angelo stands up ramrod straight and shrugs them off! Double leg takedown, corner body avalanche, northern lights suplex, rolling but Pete grabs the wrist to counter!

Triangle choke applied, Tony flagging but not failing as Dunne throws headbutts! D’Angelo posts to his feet and reverses into a Gallon Throw! Body blows follow, half-halch suplex into the turnbuckles! Pete recovers, running enzuigiri, cover for two! Off the ropes, Penalty Kick, double wrist clutch stomps to the face!

Both men down and out, on their knees, throwing forearms with the last ounce of desperate strength, Dunne to his feet with a slap, stomp the hand, buzzsaw roundhouse kick, D’Angelo reverses to a Falcon Arrow... NO GOOD! Tony slow to capitalize, he grabs a crowbar but Pete cuts him off and grabs a Fujiwara Armbar in the middle of the ring!

D’Angelo struggling, trying to post up out of it, Dunne wrenches the fingers but Tony’s able to hook a finger into his mouth and pull the mouthguard out! He smashes Pete’s mouth into the turnbuckles, hook the leg but Dunne reverse and wishbones the fingers!


Pete Dunne wins by pinfall with Bitter End.

Post-match, Dunne fends off an attack from D’Angelo and kicks him out of the ring! Tony cuts him off and hits the fisherman neckbreaker on the floor!

D’Angelo finds the crowbar again and draws Pete up, choking him against the announce table with it before hitting him square on the back of the hand with the iron!

That’s the show, folks.

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