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Advertised for tonight, live from the Capitol Wrestling Center: The Dusty Classics continue with semi-final action! In the men’s tournament Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa face Grizzled Young Veterans, and Legado Del Fantasma battles MSK, while Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell square off with Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon in the the women’s tourney. Plus, Finn Bálor & Pete Dunne face-to-face before their NXT title match, Karrion Kross & Scarlett live, Austin Theory vs. Kushida, Xia Li in action with Tian Sha watching, the return of Cameron Grimes, and more on the last episode before TakeOver: Vengeance Day this Sunday!
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WWE NXT RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR FEB. 10
Straight to Wes Lee & Nash Carter’s entrance...
MSK vs. Legado Del Fantasma
Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza enter without the Cruiserweight champion, Santos Escobar. Lee starts with Wilde, and after clowning him, the former DJ Z goes technical and scores a couple takedowns. Wes escapes from a leg submission and sends Wilde into MSK’s corner, Carter in with kicks. Lee with a Bronco Buster before stepping out. Head scissors sends Wilde into his own corner, and Mendoza is in for the first time to lock-up with Nash. Counter for counter, blind tag by Lee and they light Raul up with kicks. Double stomp on his back gets two, but a second later Lee finds himself in the wrong place and LDF goes to work. Double suplex, then Mendoza with a slingshot hip toss of Wilde onto Lee for a nearfall. Lee avoids Wilde and Mendoza and tags in Carter. Nash with forearms and kicks Mendoza, who reverse and sends him into the corner. He evades, and answers with knee. That sets up a flurry for another two count. Raul kicks free to make the tag, Wilde leap frogs his partner to hit a drop that knocks Carter off the apron. Joaquin’s alone in the ring as we go to our first commercial break.
Mendoza and Carter when we return, and an enziguri gets MSK’s fresh man in. Lee sends both LDF members to the floor, then shoves his flipping partner onto their opponents. Wes follows up with a dive. He brings Wilde in for a cover, but Mendoza pulls him out to make the save. Missile drop kick and a tag to his recovered partner. Wilde with a reverse rana and a cover, but Carter with the save. Things break down, Wilde with a 450 off Carter’s back but Lee gets his knees up. Mendoza drops Carter onto Lee, then Nash gets knocked to the floor. He pulls Mendoza down with him. Lee with a running thrust kick to Wilde. Carter tags in, the confer, then they do their Hart Attack Blockbuster for the three count.
MSK def. Legado Del Fantasma via pinfall to advance to the finals of the Men’s Dusty Classic
Video package for Xia Li. She’s next. After some ads, of course.
First, a Mercedes Martinez promo. She says she’s worked 20 years to get the title shot on Sunday. This is why she came back. This is the real her. Martinez calls Toni Storm a little girl, and tells Io Shirai her run as champ is over. She’s walking out of TakeOver Women’s champ. Bet on that.
Tian Sha, who is thousands of years old and trained by a dragon, sits on stage. Her disciples appear beside her and walk to the ring. Boa removes Li’s headware, she draws her sword for a kata, hands it back to him, and gets in the ring, looking (literally like fire).
Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter show up at ringside and plead with Xia, saying this isn’t her. Boa tries to get them to step back and Li’s opponent attacks from behind.
Xia Li vs. Cora Jade
It’s still over in less than minute after a lethal striking combo though.
Xia Li def. Cora jade via pinfall
Li puts the boots to Jade while Boa keeps Kacy out of the ring. Kayden storms up the ramp and demands answers from Tian Sha, but Xia runs up to move her away and beg her master’s forgiveness. Mei Ying (which is how Wade Barrett refers to her) grabs Boa in a Mandible Claw, and Li runs back down to the ring to smash Catanzaro into the apron. She returns back to the throne and begs forgiveness. She lets Boa go as the announcers ask the same questions we all have.
McKenzie Mitchell is back and has some questions for General Manager William Regal. He starts to put over MSK then opens the door to his office. Scarlett is in there. She tells Regal she’s here because the GM wouldn’t like it if “he” came. Karrion Kross wants Santos Escobar next week. Regal makes that match.
We see The Way entering for the Women’s Dusty semi. Poor Johnny Gargano is in a wheelchair...
When we return, Austin Theory is lifting Gargano into the ring as Vic Joseph & Beth Phoenix argue with Barrett about why he needs a wheelchair for a broken arm. The North American champ gets on the mic and blames Kushida for viciously attacking and injuring him. They roll the video and slow motion it for a kick to the arm.
Johnny says his arm is broken in four places, and now he’s stuck in a wheelchair - and he hates wheels! This gets a “Johnny Wheelchair” chant going. He’s really bummed he can’t have his match on Sunday. He was looking forward to that. He calls on Regal to suspend Kushida... which brings out the GM. He tells him the medical team cleared him and he should stop this charade. The Way puts a x-ray on the ‘tron showing a bone broken in multiple places. Regal points out that the x-ray is for a right arm, and they have a very funny argument about that. Johnny is given two options: let Theory wrestle as his surrogate later tonight (Gargano says “we’re not doing that one”) or he can relinquish the belt. The champ begs for a few weeks, and Regal says he needs to consult with Kushida... who has slipped in behind The Way... Austin even slaps him on the chest when Johnny makes fun of the GM for talking to someone who isn’t there. Things break down, Candice tries to attack Kushida but Theory holds her back. Kushida and Gargano have a tug of war with the belt while LeRae & Indi Hartwell’s opponents enter.
But first - commercials! The match is underway when we return...
Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell vs. Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon
The faces are working over LeRae when we return. Shotzi flattens Candice with knees to the head. Moon in to deliver shoulders to the mid-section, but before they can execute another tag, LeRae scurries to her corner and tags in Hartwell. Indi brushes off a strike and hoists Sotzi up for a slam. Boots in the corner, then she drags Blackheart to The Way’s corner. Candice drags her nemesis around by the hair and slams her down by it before grabbing an arm hold. She fights off a reversal attempt and turns it into a cover. That gets two, then she brings Hartwell in. Quick tags for the heels, but of course Shotzi won’t stay down. They trade stiff forearms, but instead of getting free Blackheart ends up down for two again. Jaw jack gets gets her free and a tag brings Moon in hot. Ember sends LeRae to the outside and the good girls employ quick tags as they work over Indi. Moon with a splash while Shotzi has Hartwell in a tarantula. Cover, but Indi kicks out before LeRae has to make the save. Blackheart and the Poison Pixie brawl to the outside, and then Hartwell helps Candice go old school for a rana that sends Ember crashing into her partner as we go picture-in-picture.
The former NXT Women’s champ is in trouble the whole time, but Indi misses a boot and gets hung up on the ropes as soon as we return. Both women tag and Shotzi with Thesz Press and some ground-and-pound. Senton into the ropes gets two. Reverse backstabber from Ember and Blackheart bulldogs Candice back into her knees, but Hartwell breaks up the pin. Indi sends Shotzi to the floor but Moon kicks Indi out of the ring. Candice hits Ember from behind. Candice tags Indi back in. Indi puts Ember on the ropes and Candice hits a quebrada onto Moon followed by a suicide dive onto Shotzi.
Indi sends Ember into the turnbuckles and Candice tags in and she hits the turnbuckles when Ember moves. Moon tries to get to her corner but Indi stops Ember. Ember kicks Indi into Candice and Shotzi tags in and hits an enziguri on Indi. Shotzi with forearms to Candice but Candice with kicks to the head. Indi tags in and Candice with Wicked Stepsister and Hartwell with a springboard elbow drop for a near fall that is broken up by Ember. Shotzi with a rollup for a near fall followed by a running knee into the corner. Blackheart hits a rope assisted DDT. Moon with Eclipse to Candice and Hartwell gets on Candice save her from a senton, but she’s legal. Shotzi pins her.
Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon def. Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell via pinfall to advance to the finals of the Men’s Dusty Classic
Dakota Kai & Raquel González are out for a staredown around the Cup. Regal is out to inform them the winner gets a shot at the WWE Women’s titles!
Thatcher & Ciampa are in the promo garage. Timothy hypes up Undisputed Era and says there match last week was brutal, just the way they like it. Tommaso puts over the Grizzled Young Veterans, but says tonight Toothless Timmy and Old Man Ciampa are gonna beat them and go on to TakeOver to win the Cup and a title shot.
After a break, Mitchell interviews Escobar in the LDF locker room. The Cruiserweight champ isn’t fazed by the news he’ll face Kross next week. Karrion said he was giving him the gift of time, but it was actually the other way around. Wilde and Mendoza enter and start to apologize for their loss, but Santos tells them never to apologize because it shows weakness. He tells them they can make it up to him by making sure Kross doesn’t make it to next week. They leave and the champ thanks McKenzie before following them out.
Finn Bálor and Pete Dunne get a video package. Each man reiterates their talking points leading into Sunday’s title match. Finn says TakeOver will be a burning of a bridge, not a passing of the torch. Dunne says he heard what Edge said about Bálor, but all he sees is a geezer with a glass jaw.
Austin Theory vs. Kushida
No entrances and we’re right to action. Gargano’s ringside , out of his wheelchair but still selling his broken arm. Kushida fires off strikes and hits a hip toss into a cartwheel dropkick. Fastball punch connects but Theory blocks a German suplex. The Japanese Superstar wrenches on the arm in various ways while looking at Johnny. Whenever Theory seems to get an opening, Kushida shuts him down. He maintains control until he slips on the ropes and is knocked outside. We take a break.
The Way youngster still in control when we return. He and Johnny with the no look high five after a fall away slam. Theory talks trash as he lights Kushida up with strikes. The smaller man stays on his feet for a while but eventually buckles. He evades a stomp then starts his comeback. Springboard back elbow, German suplex, Kushida stomps the fingers and covers for two. The t-shirt comes off and Kushida targets the arm, snapping the elbow over his shoulder as he drops down. Austin rolls out and evades a move from the apron, then bulldozes Kushida. Up for a powerbomb, but Kushida grabs the ropes and transitions into an armbar on the apron... where Johnny nails him with a superkick.
Kushida def. Austin Theory via disqualification
Gargano ditches the sling for the beatdown. He shows Kushida the belt and says you’ll never get this. The champ directs Theory to put Kushida in the ring so they can break his arm, but Theory gets dragged under the ring! Johnny tries to save him and pulls out Dexter Lumis. Theory back out to try and save him, but gets scared and runs into a Hoverboard Lock in the ring. Gargano runs around Lumis to try and make the save. Kushida gets him in the hold! Lumis grabs Theory for Silence! Kushida poses with the belt as the segment ends.
Toni Storm’s turn for a video package. When she was on the beach last year, she told everyone what she was going to do. She dismisses Martinez saying it’s rude to get in other people’s business. Storm starts to run down Io’s accolades and says “Mae Young winner, oh wait, she isn’t, because I beat her.” Toni says she has Shirai’s number, and after Sunday both women are going to have to get back in line, because it’s Toni Time.
More commercials, then a new Imperium video. Fabian Aichner, Marcel Barthel, and Alexander Wolfe put over each other, and they again tease WALTER’s arrival.
We see Joaquin Wilde laid out under a ladder. A high heeled shoe walks by, and Karrion Kross directs the camera to his face. He tells Escobar that if he wants something done, he should have done it himself. He won’t have any back-up next week. Tick tock.
The announcers are talking when we hear a noise from outside. The producers switch to that, and we see a Lamborghini pull up. A boot steps out, and it’s Cameron Grimes. He pulls out a wad of cash and gives some to the valets. He heads inside and is handing out money to everyone he passes. In the ring, he explains that while he was out rehabbing after “Timothy Thatcher the MCL snatcher” put him on the shelf, he started playing video games. Then he walked into a Gamestop and decided to invest. The stock went parabolic, which means it went TO THE MOON! Then he found out there was this thing called “Dogcoin” (dogecoin), so he invested in that. And now he’s so rich no one can tell him what to do! If Mr. Regal wants to try and make him wrestle zombies, he can kiss his grits! Lots of maniacal laughter as he throws money in the air and rolls around in it.
Mitchell talks to Gargano, who calls her the “real McKenzie”. He’s all business, and promises to beat and hurt Kushida on Sunday.
We see the main eventers walking to the ring as we get some more ads.
Before their match though, it’s the Women’s champ turn for a video. In Japanese, she says that she’s changed since losing to Toni in the MYC, now Storm is just another challenger. Martinez’s 20 year journey is going to end in disappointment, because her title reign will last forever and ever.
Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa vs. Grizzled Young Veterans
Zack Gibson is running down Thatcher & Ciampa during his entrance ramp promo, and they don’t like that. They attack before the bell. Ciampa sends James Drake over the barricade, and Thatcher throws Gibson into the ring and the referee calls for the bell.
Toothless Timmy grabs a leg and targets while dragging Liverpool’s #1 to his corner. Quick tags, and Thatcher tries to whip Gibson out of an armbar. Drake covers the corner then gets back to his for a tag. Striking exchange, and a tag, but Thatcher levels both GYVers with forearms, but Drake pulls Ciampa off the apron so no one is home for a tag. Tandem moves on the legal man, then they surround Tommaso on the outside. Drake & Gibson powerbomb him onto the apron as we go PiP for the last time.
We see trainers checking on Ciampa on the small screen. Thatcher and Drake trading forearms when we return, and Joseph informs us the Blackheart is cleared to continue, but he’s still crawling on the floor. Thatcher is bleeding from the nose as Gibson wrenches his neck. GYV has Tim reeling in their corner, but try for a Doomsday Device but Thatcher slips off Drake’s shoulders. They collide and Ciampa recovers to level Gibson on the floor. He jumps on the apron for the tag. Suplexes for everyone, then carries Drake over to slam him onto Gibson. He lights Drake up with chops, but can’t get him up for Fairy Tale Ending. Drake drives him into GYV’s corner for a tag. Slugfest with Gibson, chops to the throat leave Ciampa gasping for air.
Doomsday Device hits, but Thatcher breaks up the cover. Thatcher is sent to the floor by Gibson and Thatcher slaps Gibson. Drake wit a suicide dive to Thatcher. Ciampa tries for Willow’s Bell but Gibson holds on to Drake. Gibson tags in and they hit Ticket to Mayhem for the three count.
Grizzled Young Veterans def. Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher via pinfall to advance to the finals of the Men’s Dusty Classic
MSK is out to jaw with their opponents at TakeOver on the stage while the announcers run down the full card for Vengeance Day. Each set of opponents makes their way to the stage for a staredown as their match is mentioned. Our final image is Bálor and Dunne stepping to one another in the ring.
See you Sunday!