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WWE NXT results, live blog (June 22, 2021): Adam Cole back in action

Here's a place to check results and comment along with the newest episode of WWE NXT, airing live on Tuesday night at 8 pm ET 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, live from the Capitol Wrestling Center: Kushida goes one-on-one with Kyle O’Reilly in a non-title match, Adam Cole will be in action against an opponent of his choice, Franky Monet’s premiere encore will take place, and the Diamond Mine opens. William Regal’s new enforcer, Samoa Joe, will also be on the program. After Joe choked out Adam Cole last week, will anyone have the guts to test him tonight?

Come right back here at 8 pm ET when the NXT live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here.

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It’s Tuesday night and it’s time to rock. Let’s do this! We open with a recap of last week in video form, with Samoa Joe ensuring that everybody shows the “proper respect” to William Regal in the process. The lineup listed above is confirmed in the process. From there we go to the ring for the arrival of Adam Cole (bay bay). The NeXTras sing along for his entrance.

Cole: “Last week, last week Regal decides I have to fight Kyle O’Reilly at the Great American Bash. Also last week Samoa Joe decided to assault me, and they told me I get to come out here and hand pick my opponent. In MY locker room I decided I’m not going to pick my opponent. Just because Samoa Joe is here doesn’t mean Adam Cole has to follow the rules. There’s a new king of this brand baby and you’re looking at him. After I embarrass Kyle O’Reilly at Great American Bash the whole world will have to acknowledge me. Consider yourselves lucky to have seen me, but this match ain’t happening.”

Carmelo Hayes interrupts. “Hey Cole! You might not know who I am, but I know who you are. My name is Carmelo Hayes. If anyone’s gon’ change your mind, it’s gon’ be me.” Cole: “Is that so? Well enlighten me tough guy, how do you plan on changing my mind?” Hayes: “There is this famous phrase, I think it goes something like, ruthless aggression! Yeah, same energy.” Hayes SLAPS Cole and the ref calls for the bell!

Adam Cole vs. Carmelo Hayes

Hayes knocks Cole down with a clothesline and he rolls out of the ring, so Hayes dives over the ropes to wipe him out and throws him back in. When he gets to the apron Cole boots him in the face to send him to the floor, and now it’s Cole’s turn to throw Hayes in. Boots to Hayes and punches and kicks when he slumps to the canvas in the corner. Forearm to the face. Suplex and Cole dusts off his hands with pleasure. He pulls Hayes up for a neck breaker and takes him to the mat again. Knee on the head as Hayes is laying on the ropes trying to recover. Hayes slowly starts to getback up and surprises Cole with a fireman’s carry and another clothesline for 2. Now it’s Cole getting up slowly. Clubbering blows by Hayes in the corner. Cole trips him into the turnbuckle. Hayes tries to go top rope and Cole shoves him off to the floor and throws him into the barricade repeatedly. Commercial!

Cole took control (as expected) during the interim, and Hayes is fighting back with punches to the gut, but Cole knocks him to the ground just as he gets to his feet. Cole pulls him up and posts his head into the turnbuckle. Irish whip to the opposite corner. Cole kneels and mocks Hayes verbally from a distance. Hayes roles outside and the ref starts a 10 count. Cole kneels, laughs and waits. Hayes gets back in at 7. “You know who you’re messing with right? You’re nobody hear me? I’m Adam Cole bay bay you’re nobody!” Cole eviscerates him with his words and his fists. Hayes fires up with fists of his own. Cole whips him into the ropes, Hayes rolls over his back and kicks him, but when he hits the ropes Cole superkicks him and leaves him staggering. Hayes reverses an attempt by Cole to lift him into a near fall and gets an inside cradle for another. Enzuigiri and another near fall. Hayes pounds the mat in frustration it wasn’t a 3 count. Fireman’s carry is countered into a backstabber but Hayes kicks out at 2.9. Cole goes to the second rope and points at Hayes but gets caught with a superkick when he comes off. Hayes tries a springboard and eats a kick himself. Panama Sunrise connects! 1-2-3.

The winner of this contest: Adam Cole (bay bay)

No handshake of respect from Cole after this match with the NXT rookie. Meanwhile Franky Monet is “so excited” backstage with Aliyah and Jessi Kamea, and she’s trying to change the Robert Stone Brand into “The Winner’s Circle.” Once Brand shows up she again begins singing a different tune. Back to the present though McKenzie Mitchell is with Zoey Stark. “Io gave me my big break in NXT, last week I was just paying it back, that’s what I do. Now Io wanting to tag with me, that’s a surprise.” Shirai: “Stark, I respect you, but I don’t like you.” Stark: “That’s all we need. Mutual respect.” Commercial!

After the break LA Knight says he doesn’t need “an old man on the gravy train riding my coat tails.” He then mocks Cameron Grimes for caring more about “the old man” Ted DiBiase than “the money.” “Remember that fall you took at In Your House? That ain’t nothing compared to what you’ll get when I drop you on your head, courtesy of...” and a woman walks up with a drink. “Who’s game is it? LA Knight’s game. I’ll drink to that.”

The Way’s Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory are here. They’re in street clothes (or as close to that as Theory gets) so it’s promo time. Gargano: “Exciting times. It’s exciting times! There is new management in town which means we need a new NXT champion, a new face of this brand. We don’t need the big angry leather face jacket wearing doomsday guy. We need the handsome, hard working, head band wearing respectable family man. We need... me!! The 57 days I was NXT champion this place thrived. It was the absolute best NXT has ever been. Paradise. Chef’s kiss. At Takeover I proved that Karrion Kross is not on my level. I outclassed him every single time we were in the ring together. Everybody knows I can out wrestle that man on my worst day.”

Pete Dunne arrives with Oney Lorcan in town, and he’s got a microphone too. Dunne: “Are you mad? This geezer’s stupid you know. You must be mad if you think you’re number one contender over me. Shut up!” Gargano: “I know what they’re trying to do. They’re trying to provoke me. They’re trying to start chaos. You’re not provoked. We do not take part in hi-jinks or shenanigans any more. We are law abiding citizens. There are rules for a reason, Peter. If you want a fight you are not going to get it from us. I’m going to put the microphone down gently now.” Theory says “I’m, watching, you” and points at Dunne as he’s leaving, and Dunne snaps his fingers! Theory sells his hand as the two leave. We go to an “earlier today” with someone asking Grimes if he checked on “Grandpa Ted” and Grimes decks him in the face. Then we go to McKenzie Mitchell interviewing Cole. William Regal interrupts. “Just so we’re clear there’s no animosity between you and Joe. You put your hands on him, he clutched you out, it’s done. What I suggest to you is don’t provoke him.” Cole is upset that Regal didn’t reprimand him for putting his hands on him. “I don’t want to be here anyway. Move. Bye!” Commercial.

The charging battery is now up to 31% for those interested. Gargano knocks on William Regal’s door and complains about Austin Theory’s fingers being snapped. He also gifts Regal a new pencil. He asks Regal what the “consequences” for Dunne will be and encourages him to “knuck him up.” He tells them both they can have a tag team match with Dunne & Lorcan next. Gargano: “I don’t even have my gear!” Regal: “That’s not my problem. You’re wasting valuable time.” Back to the ring!

Io Shirai & Zoey Stark vs. Aliyah & Jessi Kamea (with Robert Stone)

Stone’s ladies are already in the ring when Stark enters, leaving Shirai and her booming music to come last (that’s only right). Aliyah and Io Shirai start it off. Shirai unloads with hands and chops before face planting Aliyah and hitting a drop kick. Aliyah is thrown into the face corner for feet to the face and a tag. Stark throws her to the center of the ring and works the arm. Aliyah tries to escape but Stark flips to her feet and hits a diving clothesline. Aliyah crawls to her corner to tag Kamea. Kamea kicks Stark for a near fall. Stark avoids a kick and tries a roll up for 2. It’s a little sloppy in the ring right now between these two. The Way’s tag team champions Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae have come out to the ramp to watch the action. Kamea tags in Aliyah to continue a 2-on-1 beating. Stark escapes and gets a roll up for one. Aliyah knocks her down with a dropkick and gets a near fall. Commercial.

And we’re back with The Way looking on and Aliyah tagging in for Kamea to pick her up and drop her across Stark for a near fall. Kamea does a body triangle from behind and that’s the first thing I haven’t been worried about her doing. Stark reverses it and is in full guard on top. She lifts Aliyah up for a slam and dives for Shirai to make the tag. Kamea tags in too and gets dropped on her face. Shirai tries to knock Aliyah off the apron too and she almost botches that. She grabs the leg and at least gets that right. Kamea kicks Shirai and tags Aliyah in for a Northern Lights suplex and a near fall. Aliyah tags back in. Stark tags back in for a double missle drop kick. Shirai tags back in for a moonsault on Kamea and the three. The right team won but it was a mess getting there.

The winners of this contest: Zoey Stark & Io Shirai

Meanwhile Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai have arrived. Kai: “If you think you’re going to jump the line for number one contender, you’re crazy. Those titles are ours.” Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon arrive to give their opinion. Moon says they’re at the front of the line, not the back. Blackheart: “I think they forgot.” Moon: “Whaaaat?” Blackheart: “I think we should remind them. And by remind them I mean kick, their, asssss!” We have an all out brawl in the middle of the ring. Samoa Joe has arrived and he signals for security to swarm the ring and take control. We get a video package for KUSHIDA vs. Kyle O’Reilly noting it’s tonight’s main event as we go to commercial!

Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory vs. Pete Dunne & Oney Lorcan

Theory has his “broken” fingers taped up for this match. Dunne and Lorcan get in the ring and get right in The Way’s faces as the ref keeps an eye on all parties. Eventually Gargano and Lorcan start us off. Gargano with a takeover and a drop kick and Dunne quickly tags in. Dunne is taken down with an arm drag. He gets back to his feet. Theory gets a tag but Gargano tagged the taped up hand. Dunne knocks him down with a clothesline and tags Lorcan back in. Double team chops. More chops in the corner from Lorcan. Lorcan tries to manipulate the fingers and hyper extend the arm. Dunne tags back and stomps the hand. Dunne keeps up the assault by grounding Theory to manipulate the digits by taking off the tape for another stomp. Lorcan tags back in and yells at Gargano. Lorcan works over the left hand and arm. Theory hits a forearm and a double stomp and a suplex to get back into action and tags Gargano with his good hand. Double tackle, double elbow. Lorcan tags Dunne. Inverted atomic drop by Gargano. Tag to Theory for a drop kick and a near fall. Dunne goes back to work on the grounded Dunne, attacking the body and ribs with closed fists and a knee. More finger torture and a kick to the arm and face for good measure. Theory floats over a charging Dunne and hits another dropkick, then clotheslines Lorcan to the floor. Lorcan gets out of the way of a dive and Dunne knocks him down with a clothesline. Tag and both men slam Theory on the ring apron outside as we go to break.

Theory is in a surfboard from Dunne, eating chops from Lorcan, as we return from the commercial break. Dunne tags himself back in to stomp on the right arm of Theory. Theory tries a roll up for two and kicks Dunne away to crawl to Gargano for a tag. Lorcan cuts him off momentarily but Gargano finally gets the hot tag and takes both men down. Lorcan is whipped into the corner and floats over the apron, then hits a slingshot spear to Lorcan and a suicide dive on Dunne. Gargano tags Theory in, Theory with a springboard Spanish Fly, and Dunne breaks it up at the last second. Dunne and Gargano counter each other until Gargano hits a discus lariat and all four men are down. Theory gets up and pulls up Lorcan, and the two trade hard chops. Blockbuster from Lorgan. Tag to Dunne. Dunne with a knee to the ribs and he’s grounded Theory to work over the right arm. Gargano breaks up the potential tap out by making Lorcan fall on his own partner. Gargano eats a German suplex and a double hand stomp, but Gargano kicks Dunne in the head. Dunne avoids the spear and tags Lorcan back in. Gargano escapes. Noggin knocker! Second double team attempt is broken up by Theory. Gargano rolls out to recover. Theory picks up Dunne for a power bomb. Dunne escapes. Enzuigiri. Uppercut by Lorcan. Superkick by Theory! Dunne thrown out. DDT on the floor bu Gargano! One Final beat to Lorcan. Three count!

The winners of this contest: Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory

The best thing on this show by far is immediately spoiled by Karrion Kross giving Gargano a shot to the head from behind. The NeXTras all boo as Scarlett looks on with a wicked smile, holding the champion’s belt over her right shoulder. Franky Monet’s encore is coming up!

Karrion Kross dares Samoa Joe to cause a provocation. Joe says “of course champ” and lets him by with a smirk. Meanwhile Dunne is behind him, and once again, the two stare holes through each other... and this time Regal isn’t around to tell them to cool their jets. Beth Phoenix throws us to news that Stark & Shirai, Kai & González, and Moon & Blackheart will have a triple threat number one contender’s match next week.

Franky Monet vs. Elektra Lopez

Wade Barrett tries to tell us that Franky Monet’s premier (and he insists we learn to pronounce it correctly) did “box office records.” Lopez waits as she does her full entrance and the ref calls for the bell. They immediately lock up and Money gets the head lock takeover. At least Wade Barrett is not a fan of Monet’s dog Presley. “I’m a cat man.” Good on ya Wade. Money is told to make a clean break when they go to the corner and she hits a chop at the last second. Lopez picks Monet up for a slam and a few elbow drops, then shakes her hips to celebrate. Monet spears her for the trouble. Lopez responds with elbows but Monet kicks her in the gut and slams her to the canvas. Ground and pound from Monet in full mount. She paint brushes Lopez but misses with a stomp when she gets off. Lopez is thrown across the ring with ease. Lopez tries to fight to her feet to no avail. Monet throws her to the corner but slams into the turnbuckle when Lopez rolls away. Chops from Lopez. Back elbow knocks Monet down. Monet picked up but escapes. Forearm to Lopez. Glam Slam! 1-2-3 it’s over. Slightly more than a squash, but not much more.

The winner of this contest: Franky Monet

Bronson Reed is backstage with McKenzie Mitchell and he says he doesn’t understand Santos Escobar at all. Hit Row interrupts. Top Dolla: “Everybody’s colossal until Colossus walks into the room.” Isaiah Scott promises that Ever-Rise are about to be taught a lesson. Dolla gets one last parting shot off to Reed: “You not even from North America homey.” Reed: “Later Dolla King.” That’s what Ever-Rise called him earlier, and coincidentally they’re in action next after the break!

Ever-Rise vs. Hit Row’s Top Dolla & Ashante “Thee” Adonis

Top Dollar is pissed. He’s yelling “what is my name” at Martel and stomping a mud hole in him. Parker tags in right after Adonis does. Parker takes multiple knees to the body as Swerve and B-Fab look on. Top Dollar tags back in and walks around with Parker on his shoulder. Parker escapes for a hot tag and Ever-Rise pull down the ropes to send him tumbling to the floor. Parker is plucked out of the air by Dolla and thrown to the ground. Martel eats the Long Kiss Goodnight and both Top Dolla and Adonis immediately deliver Another Hitmaker for three. 100% squash. Ever-Rise are stacked up like cord wood in the ring as all four members of Hit Row kick them out of the way to strike a pose.

The winners of this contest: Hit Row

Mercedes Martinez is backstage. She gets a mixed tag match against Xia Li and Boa next week. “I don’t make friends very easily. I’m ready to go with or without a partner.” Xia Li jumps her from behind. Jake Atlas runs in to make the save and help her back to her feet. “Looks like I just joined the fight. See you next week!” Video package for Kyle O’Reilly and KUSHIDA as we go to break. So what happened to the Diamond Mine segment anyway?

We’re told that Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher will have a “face off” with MSK next week before their tag title shot Great American Bash. Main event time!

KUSHIDA (champ) vs. Kyle O’Reilly (non-title match)

The champion enters first. O’Reilly head bangs his way down to the ring and enters on the side closest to KUSHIDA. He’s got the title belt with him even though it’s non title tonight. The referee picks it up and puts it aside for safe keeping before calling for the bell.

O’Reilly gets the first takedown of the match and shows his ability to transition from one side to the other in the mount. KUSHIDA gets him back to the guard, O’Reilly stands up to transition, and KUSHIDA reverses for a takedown and an armbar. O’Reilly escapes and the two stare each other down. They tie up and O’Reilly gets another takedown. He goes for a triangle choke but KUSHIDA gets his feet on the ropes. Test of strength. O’Reilly goes behind but KUSHIDA shoots him off the ropes. O’Reilly with a boot to the face, KUSHIDA with a backspring elbow, armbar attempt and escape. O’Reilly eats a drop kick and KUSHIDA goes for the arm, twisting the left elbow with both feet. Arm wringer by KUSHIDA as O’Reilly tries to get back up. His joint manipulation draws a comparison to Pete Dunne. Kick to the spine from KUSHIDA. O’Reilly and KUSHIDA both go for single legs repeatedly and counter their way out of it. Double head butt sends us to commercial.

And we’re back with a “N-X-T” chant from the NeXTras and Kyle O’Reilly is in control, tying up KUSHIDA to throw knees and then taking him down to look for a rear naked choke. KUSHIDA goes for the ankle to force O’Reilly to release his body scissor. O’Reilly eats a clothesline when they get back up. KUSHIDA goes for the Hoverboard Lock, O’Reilly goes for an arm breaker, it’s counter for counter here. (Scary. Wade Barrett says that seconds after I typed it.) KUSHIDA throws multiple kicks to the left arm and a step up knee to the head. Overhead suplex bridge for a near fall as O’Reilly gets a boot on the ropes. The bug in the corner tells us Cameron Grimes will be “in action” next Tuesday as we near the top of the hour. O’Reilly with a knee to the body, a forearm to the head, a kick and he goes for a single leg. KUSHIDA tries to bridge it into a pin but it’s only 2. Knee from O’Reilly. KUSHIDA blocks a suplex and hits a kick. O’Reilly comes off the ropes with a clothesline and hits the brainbuster for a near fall. We’re now officially into overtime on the live broadcast as the camera goes wide to show us the whole of the crowd and ring in the building. Dueling chants for both men. KUSHIDA rams the left arm into the ring post and fires kicks at it from the ring apron. O’Reilly battles with him but eats a suplex on the apron and falls to the floor. The ref starts a double countout. KUSHIDA throws O’Reilly back in before 7. Kick to the arm. Knee to the body from O’Reilly. Axe kick. KUSHIDA counters and goes for the left arm again. O’Reilly with a step u pknee. KUSHIDA with the Hoverboard Lock. KUSHIDA drags O’Reilly back to the middle but O’Reilly turns it into a small package for the (non title) win!

The winner of this contest: Kyle O’Reilly

KUSHIDA gives him respect after the match. Adam Cole has arrived! He and O’Reilly brawl their way to behind the announce desk, taking turns slamming each other into everything until security comes to break it up. They spill through the barricade. Back in the ring KUSHIDA is being attacked by two men in hoodies. It’s Roderick Strong and Tyler Rust. This is the Diamond Mine! There’s a third man unidentified by the announcers (our own Cageside Comments Crew identified him as Hideki Suzuki) and they’ve all got Malcolm Bivens as their manager. Bivens throws the cruiserweight belt at KUSHIDA and the Mine stands tall to close the show. That’s all for NXT tonight!

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