WWE NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day is all set to pop off tonight (Sun., Feb. 14, 2021) at 7 p.m. ET, live on WWE Network!
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WWE NXT TAKEOVER: VENGEANCE DAY QUICK RESULTS
Finn Bálor def. Pete Dunne
Io Shirai def. Mercedes Martinez and Toni Storm
MSK def. Grizzled Young Veterans
Johnny Gargano def. KUSHIDA
Dakota Kai & Raquel González def. Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon
WWE NXT TAKEOVER: VENGEANCE DAY LIVE BLOG & MATCH COVERAGE
Thus now the fools of God will guard the city of our birth. Hold an ear to the ground to hear the sound of clamoring and horses stammering as their gallop meets the earth, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show, folks.
The show opens with a Wrestle and Flow music video.
Commentary welcomes us to the show and we’re off!
Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez vs. Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart (Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals)
Blackheart and Gonzalez to start, Raquel using her strength but Shotzi is crafty and maneuvers around her to a stalemate. Moon tags in, waistlock, refusing to let go, shifting to an octopus hold but Gonzalez counters with a side slam! Blackheart tags in but Raquel has her number, cuts her off, and puts her in the corner to beat her down. Kai tags in, pump kick-assisted spinebuster... NOPE!
Drawing Shotzi up, whip to the corner, sidestep the big boot and Blackheart gets right in there! Figure four powerbomb out of the corner into the full-on cloverleaf hold! Tag made, big senton, quick tags and working Dakota over in the corner. Fighting back with strikes, but Shotzi cuts her off into a deep single-leg crab! Leg pick and a tag, Moon in, rolling leg snap into a heel hook!
Kai reaching, crawling, fingertips away from a tag, no dice! Finally Dakota kicks her way free but Ember manages to hang in there and pull her into the corner for the tag! Gonzalez getting hold, referee DA Brewer is busy warning her and he missed the tag! Ember back in, arguing, this gives Kai the time to crawl over and reach for the tag! Ember cuts her off, back to the leg, DDT the foot!
Ankle lock applied, Dakota rolls her through and into the turnbuckles, tag to Raquel! Lariats connect, hair pull into an overhand club to the chest! Smashing Ember into the turnbuckles over and over, fallaway slam follows! Another fallaway slam, and one to Blackheart for good measure! Cover comes up empty, Shotzi brawls Gonzalez to the floor, looking for a diving Frankensteiner... RAQUEL POWERBOMBS SHOTZI INTO THE LEXAN BARRIER!
Back inside, she catches Ember in a bear hug, Kai adds a running kick... STILL NO! Dakota with her around-the-corner big boot, another nearfall! Tag back to Gonzalez, Moon ducks a lariat and Dakota eats it instead! Malfunction at the Junction, leaping leg lariat takes both of her opponents out! Lining her up, Eclipse hits but Brewer is busy arguing with Kai!
Late cover, still almost does it, the match breaks down, Blackheart back in with a missile dropkick to counter an attempted powerbomb and the lateral press nearly does it! Another nearfall of a scissor kick, Shotzi tags in! Like a house afire, spin-out TKO onto the knee... NOT ENOUGH! Up in the corner, avalanche shiranui... DAKOTA BREAKS IT UP!
Suicide dive takes Kai out, back inside, neckbreaker into a Codebreaker, springboard sunset flip, Moon is legal... NOPE! Ember goes up top, Dakota runs interference, Blackheart with the electric chair... MOON WITH A CROSSBODY TO THE FLOOR! Raquel takes her out with a lariat, Moon fights her off, back inside, she locks a ridiculously bendy one-handed chinlock in!
Kai in, Scorpion Kick, rolling lungblower... NO GOOD! Assisted Detonation Kick, only a nearfall! A pounce sends Moon off the stage and to the wall, Shotzi cuts Raquel off in the ropes, back body drop over the ropes and to the stage! Gonzalez comes back and press drops Kai into Blackheart...
Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez win by pinfall with a chokeslam from Gonzalez on Shotzi Blackheart to win the Dusty Classic.
Post-match, they celebrate with the trophy.
Cut to earlier today when Pete Dunne gets out of his vehicle with Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan at his side. We also get footage of Finn Balor arriving.
Johnny Gargano (c) vs. KUSHIDA (NXT North American Championship)
KUSHIDA hot out the gates, looking for the Hoverboard Lock but Gargano gets the ropes and forces the break! Rolling around, into an omoplata briefly, front chancery, deathlock, rolling over, jockeying for position on an armlock of some kind and Johnny rolls him over into a wristlock. Front chancery, arm wringer, KUSHIDA reverses and rides him before grabbing a Just Facelock!
Wrenching back, shifting to a bit of lucha libre, off the ropes, tijeras, KUSHIDA cartwheels out, ducking and dodging, another crossface attempt but Gargano gets the ropes! Action to the floor, Johnny throws him into the steel steps and poses! KUSHIDA locks a cross armbar in on the floor and almost gets counted out, but breaks the hold to break the count before going back to work.
Backhammer suplex, back inside, dropkick to the arm! Standing wristlock, wrenching Gargano’s arm around, Johnny slips Kiout and catches him with a neckbreaker over the middle rope! Probing kicks on the floor, smashing KUSHIDA’s chest into the corner of the ring, driving the point of his elbow into the back of his neck! Back inside, only a nearfall, drawing KUSHIDA up before dropping him with a Penalty Kick to the arm!
One-armed Cobra Twist applied, KUSHIDA reverses to an octopus hold! Trading pins, neither man able to get a three-count! Stereo lariats, both men down and out! Trading strikes in the middle of the ring, KUSHIDA powers up, Manhattan Drop, cartwheel kick, big punch, double wrist-clutch stomps! Gargano blocks a suplex, more strikes traded, duck the kick, leg pick, into the ankle lock!
Johnny makes the ropes, KUSHIDA hits a German suplex, buzzsaw roundhouse kick... NOPE! Drawing Gargano up, he fights out, northern lariat, KUSHIDA passes him to the floor, off the ropes, handspring, Superman Spear countered, roll-through into the backhammer suplex and the bridge... NOT ENOUGH! Wrenching Johnny’s arm in the ropes, he counters with a gamengiri and KUSHIDA hammers him with another right hand!
Arm wringer in the ropes... RUNNING DIVORCE COURT INTO THE TURNBUCKLES! Hoverboard lock in the ropes, pulling Gargano up, handspring kick, maneuvering him into position, back to the Hoverboard Lock! Shifting giears, suplex countered... TWISTING SUPERPLEX! Johnny hangs on, springboard tornado DDT! Looking for the Lawn Dart, KUSHIDA slips out, arm drag, catch him off the ropes, block the Gargano Escape, tilt-a-whirl, no armbar!
Jockeying for position on the mat, fast and furious, cross armbar applied, Gargano counters to a pin for two! Stereo lariats into stereo slaps, both men are down and out! To their knees, trading forearms, to their feet, KUSHIDA with kicks, whip reversed, elbow countered, Gargano Escape applied! Shifting his grip and angle to accomodate the injured arm but KUSHIDA is able to use it as a lever to counter!
Hoverboard Lock applied in the middle of the ring, nowhere to go and KUSHIDA rolls him back into the middle of the ring! Bridging pin for two, superkick for a right hand, Gargano counters, up on a shoulder, Lawn Dart connects! Jockeying for position in the corner, trading strikes, KUSHIDA hits the backhammer suplex into the turnbuckles! Headed up top, dragging Johnny with him by the arm... AVALANCHE FLYING ARMBAR!
Johnny gets his hands clasped, KUSHIDA pries them back apart and wrenches back to full extension, Gargano rolls for the ropes, KUSHIDA tries to keep him positioned but Johnny gets a foot on the ropes! To the floor, Gargano rams him into the apron but the Hoverboard Lock is on again! Johnny rolls away, desperate, making his way to the ramp. KUSHIDA COMES RUNNING THE LENGTH OF THE RAMP FOR A PENALTY KICK TO THE ARM!
Back inside, Hoverboard Lock applied, bodyscissors wrenched in, Johnny walks to the ropes and snaps KUSHIDA’s neck in the ropes! In position, slingshot...
Johnny Gargano wins by pinfall with One Final Beat to retain the NXT North American Championship.
Backstage we see Mercedes Martinez, Toni Storm, and Io Shirai preparing for their match.
Zack Gibson cuts his usual entrance promo.
Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake & Zack Gibson) vs. MSK (Nash Carter & Wes Lee) (Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals)
Carter and Gibson to start, collar and elbow into the corner, Nash gets a headlock and takes him over. Zack reverses, pick the arm, kneeling armbar applied, wrenching the fingers, tag to Drake and he starts grinding with a side headlock. Off the ropes, Carter hits a tornillo, arm wringer, tag to Lee. Double team city, clear the ring, Wes off the ropes, Sasuke Special takes ‘em out!
Nash follows with a plancha, Gibson cuts him off in the ring with elbows and a neckbreaker, cover for two! Carter with a foot in the ropes to cut his onslaught off, so Zack tags out and Drake takes control. Well into heat segment territory now, working him over, tagging in and out, and eventually a double-team goes south and Lee gets the tag!
Coming in hot, clear the apron, strike rush, snapmare into a dropkick sends Gibson to the floor! Wes charges in... OVER THE RINGPOST TOPE CON GIRO! Back inside, handspring knee drop... SO CLOSE! Back up top, Drake tries to cut him off and the distraction is enough to let Zack actually do it! Powerbomb countered into an X-Factor, tag to Carter! Catapult into a superkick, assisted dropkick knocks James off the apron!
Nash fired up, right hands, double leg into clubbing strikes, duck a backhand, springboard Ace Crusher... STILL NO! Gibson fighting back, Lee in, Zack hits a throat thrust, back handspring knee attempt gets cut off with a kick! Tag to Drake, Helter Skelter connects, James off the top with the 450 splash... WES LEE KICKS OUT! Electric chair, counter to a victory roll but Drake makes the save!
Gibson with right hands, the match breaks down, a Poison Frankensteiner takes Drake out, Carter up top, senton atomico, Lee follows, corkscrew senton atomico... DRAKE KICKS OUT! Wes gets low-bridged, James clubs Nash down, Zack gets under Lee... SUICIDE DIVE DOOMSDAY DEVICE! Back in, tag made, Gibson’s legal but Carter finds reserves and lashes out with strikes!
Back suplex lift, powerbomb / lungblower... NASH CARTER KICKS OUT! Gibson yells at him before slapping him across the face, tag to Drake, Ticket to Mayhem denied when Wes returns, Superkick Party! Up top...
MSK win by pinfall with a spinebuster / blockbuster combination on James Drake to win the Dusty Classic.
We get a Cameron Grimes video package highlighting his newfound GameStop stonk trading wealth.
Backstage, Pete Dunne is taping his wrists while Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch hype him up. We cut to see Finn Balor also getting ready.
Io Shirai (c) vs. Mercedes Martinez vs. Toni Storm (NXT Women’s Championship)
Storm and Martinez trading forearms out the gates, Mercedes takes her down for grounded strikes but Shirai returns and cuts her off with a dropkick! Toni with a kick to the gut, whip reversed, Io ducks a lariat, handspring, bridge under a boot, Shirai flapjacks her! Take Martinez off the apron with a dropkick, roll through into a double stomp and Storm is sent gasping to the corner!
Io putting boots to her, choking her, Toni gets under her and kicks her down before following with a sliding lariat. Mercedes pulls her out of the ring with a DDT to the floor! Dumping Shirai over the barricade, Martinez throws Storm back inside and covers her for two! Snap suplex, float over, looking for the Three Amigos but Toni blocks the third and Io launches herself back in with a missile dropkick!
Corner knees, Storm cuts her off with a Bossman Slam, hip attack in the corner, Mercedes takes her out with a spinning spinebuster... NO GOOD! Regal Stretch applied, Io breaks it up with a boot and applies an arm-trap crossface on Storm herself! Martinez puts Shirai in a Dragon Sleeper! Io breaks the hold on Toni, Mercedes converts to an inverted suplex!
Shirai sidesteps a boot, Tiger feint kick connects, springboard dropkick sends Martinez to the floor! Up top, Storm cuts her off and the whole deal ends with Mercedes hitting a spider German suplex! Io up top while she’s still hooked... DIVING TREE OF WOE DOUBLE STOMP! Action to the floor, Martinez Death Valley Drivers Io into the barricade and Toni comes along to cut her off as well!
Storm dismantles the announce desk, Storm Zero reversed into a DDT by Mercedes! Meanwhile, Io climbed a lighting rig... DIVING CROSSBODY TO THE FLOOR! Martinez puts her into the the steel steps, blocks some offense from Storm and takes her back inside. Running knee, Kamigoye after Kamigoye, Toni can’t protect herself! Drawing her up, leg hook... FISHERMAN BUSTER! STORM KICKS OUT!
Fireman’s carry, Toni fights out, headbutt connects! Underhooks, Storm Zero... MARTINEZ KICKS OUT! Diving headbutt follows, Shirai back in and off the top...
Io Shirai wins by pinfall with the diving moonsault, retaining the NXT Women’s Championship.
We get footage from earlier today of LA Knight, formerly known as Eli Drake, signing to NXT, as well as pre-show footage of him debuting and saying he’s coming for gold.
Finn Balor (c) vs. Pete Dunne (NXT Championship)
Balor pushing Dunne into the corner, breaking clean, Pete tries to lever the arm but Finn reverses into an armbar of his own. Shifting to a cross armbar, Balor breaks right away! Looking for another armbar, fending off a hip toss escape, Dunne going for a Cobra Twist but Finn takes him back down into a kneeling armbar. Monkey flip escape, Balor hangs onto the wrist and grinds him back into a kneeling armbar!
Stalemated, circling, back to the lockup, headlock takeover from the champion! Peter claws at the bicep to try and force a break, Finn gets to his feet, shot off, shoulder block, cover for one. Back to the headlock, headscissors counter, back and forth, again a stalemate! Again with the collar and elbow, standing headscissors, Dunne wrenches away at the hand, Balor with a back body drop but Pete catches him in a triangle choke!
Shifting to an armbar as Finn tries to fight out, using a leg to control Balor’s injured jaw, rolling him through, stepping on his neck for an Ode to Jim Breaks armbreaker with finger manipulation! Keylock takeover, into a Stranglehold Gamma! Again wrenching the fingers, wishboning, again stepping on his neck to wrench the arm back into a Fujiwara armbar. Point of the elbow grinding into the ribs, knuckles down the bicep, stomp to the ribs!
Stomp the foot, Balor working a deathlock, Dunne reverses, looking for the cross armbar again! Finn leaps up and stomps the knee before drawing Pete up and taking him back down for a single-leg crab! Shifting to a scissored toehold, sitting on Dunne’s leg to slow him down. Chainsawing his forearm across Balor’s face, into a front chancery and then a Crash Landing, but Finn counters with a knee to the head!
Leg pick in the corner, wrenching the foot in the ropes, dropping a knee across it, Pete gets an enzuigiri, Finn a lariat, cover for two! Stomps to the jaw and bicep in the ropes, knee to the neck, pick the leg again, stomps, stepover toehold into forearms to the back! STF applied, Dunne wrenches his fingers free and smashes his hand into the mat to force the break!
Choking Pete in the ropes, referee Darryl Sharma warns him off and Balor follows it up with a chop! Passing him into the corner, another chop, choking him in the ropes some more, Dunne fires back with overhand chops, up and over, his knee gives out and Finn dropkicks him in it! Headlock elbow drop countered, headbutt connects, catch the Pele Kick, double wristclutch stomps to the face!
Liger Bomb... NOPE! Both men slow to rise, Pete with a bicep stomp, snap German suplex, stomp to the hands! Finn trips him up, lungblower, inverted headlock elbow drop, up top, Coup de Grace... PETE COUNTERS INTO A TRIANGLE CHOKE! Punching away, Balor crawling and he gets a foot on the ropes! Dragging Finn back in the ring, he stomps him right in the jaw, pumphandle, Bitter End blocked, 1916 blocked, knee to the midsection, Cobra Twist applied!
Sitting down, wrenching it in... DUNNE SNAPS HIS FINGERS TO FORCE THE BREAK! Kicks and stomps, Balor desperate, Pete maneuvers under him, low blows him with his own arm, pumphandle... FINN KICKS OUT OF BITTER END! Double stomps to Finn’s hand, kick to the face, powerbomb reversed into a DDT! Kick combo from the challenger, pumphandle, reversed, inverted 1916 connects...PETE KICKS OUT!
Back and forth, Balor hits a stomp to the back, drawing him up, Finn pulls the mouthguard out of Dunne’s mouth and throws it away! Basement dropkick square in the mush, front chancery...
Finn Balor wins by pinfall with 1916 to retain the NXT Championship.
Post-match, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch come down and help Dunne beat Balor up. UNDISPUTED ERA MAKE THE SAVE AND SEND THE HEELS PACKING! Kyle O’Reilly wakes Finn up and offers him a hand. Balor is skeptical at first but takes it and they shake hands.
ADAM COLE LAYS BALOR OUT WITH A SUPERKICK! HE AND O’REILLY BICKER AND RODERICK STRONG TRIES TO PLAY PEACEMAKER! COLE SUPERKICKS KYLE! He leaves a confused Roddy looking on in the ring.
That’s the show, folks.