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WWE NXT results, live blog (July 20, 2021): Women’s title match

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Advertised for tonight, live from the Capitol Wrestling Center: Raquel González defends her NXT Women’s title against Tian Sha’s Xia Li! Plus, Cruiserweight champion Kushida teams with Bobby Fish against The Diamond Mine’s Roderick Strong & Tyler Rust, Samoa Joe will be looking for Karrion Kross, and more!

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It’s showtime! We open with a video package of William Regal reminding Samoa Joe of his limits as the enforcer for NXT, and that he can only put his hands on someone if provoked. We then see Karrion Kross choking him out last week as “the end is near” plays. The NeXTras are pounding on the plexiglass as we go live to the building for our opening segment!

Samoa Joe has something to say

Joe marches straight down to the ring and calls for a mic. “Tick tock, tick tock. Guess who’s come to smash your clock?” William Regal interrupts. “This is not what I wanted and this is not what I had in mind. You cannot be calling out superstars.” Joe: “Incorrect! The agreement was if I was provoked, and you can consider me provoked!” Regal: “I understand but last week you entered the ring in a referee capacity. He puts his hand on a NXT referee, not NXT management.” Joe: “Semantics! Kross is out of control, Kross needs to be put down. Did you know about his little field trip to Raw last week? No you don’t. He’s not under control and I’m hre to put him under control.” Regal: “Kross is on his way here, and when he gets here all hell will NOT break loose. You will solve this problem peacefully. Understand? Don’t say another word unless it’s the right one.” Joe: “Because of my deeply held respect for you tonight will be the end of this. But I can’t guarantee that it will end peacefully. I can guarantee that somebody tonight is going to sleep!” Video package for Xia Li follows.

Tyler Rust & Roderick Strong (Diamond Mine) vs. Bobby Fish & KUSHIDA

Fish and KUSHIDA jump the Diamond Mine in the middle of their entrance! The referee is completely perplexed about what to do about it. Both members of the heel team are tossed out of the ring as we go to commercial.

According to Vic Joseph this was a “hard hitting affair” during the commercial break. How would we know? It could have been a pillow fight for all we saw of it. Fish is manhandling Rust since they’re avoiding having the blow off with Strong this soon. KUSHIDA tags in and is shoved right to the heel corner, where Strong tags himself in. KUSHIDA punches and kicks his way out of Strong’s hold and goes for an armbar, but Strong responds with his trademark backbreaker and tags Rust back in. Rust with a belly to back suplex for two. Kick to the back of the head. Strong tags in for a punch to the gut and a chop. KUSHIDA’s head is smashed into the turnbuckle before another chop. “C’mon KUSHIDA! C’mon!” Strong’s yelling briefly fires KUSHIDA up but he gets suplexed and put in a headlock. The fans cheer him back to his feet, Rust tags in for the double team, but he hits the double springboard elbow and tags in Fish. Strong has bailed out and left Rust to eat the fiery comeback. Diving clothesline for two. Rust tries knees to the body and head and Strong tries to give him extra leverage for a hold. It turns out to be a distraction that allows Strong to tag in and then lay out Fish on the pretty black mat to send us back to commercial.

If I had picked one match tonight that would go through two commercial breaks, I didn’t think this would be it, but I’m not mad at it. Axe kick from Rust to Fish for two as the rest of the Diamond Mine look on. Fish fights his way up from his knees but Rust does a single leg takedown and drags Fish over so Strong can tag him. Now Strong is trying to squeeze the life out of Fish, but Fish works his way back to his feet with knees. Leg sweep by Strong to put Fish back down with multiple knees to the ribs. Strong tags Rust back in. Rust with kicks to the ribs. Rust mocks Fish with a fish hook abdominal stretch. KUSHIDA waits with the tag rope in his hand and a look of concern on his face. Fish with forearms and fists. Rust eats a spinebuster and both men are down. Double tag! KUSHIDA cleans house. Strong eats a kick to the head for 2.9. KUSHIDA tries to work over the left arm but Strong avoids it and tags Rust back in. Gut wrench power bomb from Rust. Enzuigiri from KUSHIDA. Rust with the ankle lock. KUSHIDA with the palm strike. Forearms both ways. Fish breaks up a near fall by Rust and Strong and Fish tumble to the floor. Top rope elbow by KUSHIDA. Hoverboard Lock. Tyler Rust taps out! KUSHIDA and Fish celebrate as KUSHIDA holds up his title.

Your winners: Bobby Fish and KUSHIDA

LA Knight berates Cameron Grimes as they pull up in the convertible. LA Knight berates Cameron Grimes as he goes to get all of Knight’s luggage from the trunk. Drake Maverick tries to help. Knight: “Is it bring your idiot to work day? Who brought you? Me and you later. You good with that? Yeah you’re good” Grimes: “Don’t worry about him, I got this.” Commercial.

Promo package for Odyssey Jones in the Breakout Tournament. “I’ve broken records in the weight room, I’ve broken jaws in the ring, and I’m ready to break out.” Joe is pacing back and forth backstage waiting for the arrival of Karrion Kross.

Franky Monet (w/ Jessi Kamea) vs. Jacy Jayne

Monet ties up with Jayne and easily overpowers her, then slaps her repeatedly. Robert Stone has arrived at ringside after the match got underway. Step up enzuigiri and jumping boot from Jayne. She misses a splash into the turnbuckle and Monet responds with running double knees and some stomps. She drags Jayne to the center by one leg and gets full mount for some ground and pound. Kick to the ribs. Headlock. Mandy Rose has come down to the announce table and is laying on top of it to watch the match. Okay. Monet picks up her foe but Jayne escapes and hits a boot to the face. Jayne nods to Rose, screams and hits a neck breaker for two. Jayne clubbers Monet in the back. Monet hulks up and hits the Glam Slam. It’s done! Stone and Kamea celebrate with her. Rose has disappeared.

The winner of this match: Franky Monet

McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory. Kyle O’Reilly interrupts and calls out Austin Theory. “I’m in a fighting mood so I figured you and I could square off tonight.” Theory: “You challenging me?” O’Reilly: “Boy you are thick. Yes I’m challenging you.” Theory: “It’s on.” Gargano pumps him up and slaps his bottom for encouragement as we go to a break.

WWE takes a moment to remind us that NXT will be on SyFy for the next two weeks due to the Olympics. Then we go to an interview between Wade Barrett and Bronson Reed: “My wife, who believed in me for 14 years, and then in an instant I’m no longer the champion. But I can’t stay in that mindset. I’ve got to push forward harder than ever.” Barrett asks him if it’s wise to face Adam Cole. “We all saw what happened last week — he ran his mouth and I shut him down. The same thing will happen next week, except I’ll finish the job.”

Kyle O’Reilly vs. Austin Theory

Theory goes for the no look high-five and then slowly realizes Gargano isn’t there to give it to him. The bell rings, both men lock up, and Theory pushes O’Reilly to the corner before breaking clean. O’Reilly goes for an arm, then for a leg, then a go behind, but Theory reverses and throws him down, mocking him as a crybaby. O’Reilly goes for the leg again, Theory goes for a rope back, O’Reilly kicks him. Theory gives O’Reilly a suplex, O’Reilly with a forearm, Theory with two in response plus a snapmare and a stomp. “Come on Kyle!” O’Reilly misses with a shot and Theory takes him over with a headlock, once again mocking O’Reilly as a crybaby. “I told you! I told you! Crybaby.” O’Reilly fights his way free, goes for the single leg, gets kicked away, and Theory grounds him with a headlock. O’Reilly is hooked for a suplex, escapes, eats an elbow, knocks Theory down for a running knee, then pulls up and slaps him in the face instead. Theory ends up on the apron and O’Reilly nails him in the spine to send us to the commercial break.

We’re back with O’Reilly firing up with kicks and punches to knock Theory down. Theory responds with a near fall right back and lays in ground and pound. O’Reilly tries to trade strikes standing and gets overpowered. Theory tries to roll his way into a dropkick and O’Reilly turned it into a heel hook. Theory gets a rope escape and posts O’Reilly into the turnbuckle. Stomp, fisherman suplex, near fall for Theory. Theory cranks on the left arm and tells O’Reilly to give up. O’Reilly fights back and shoots Theory into the ropes for a knee to the body. More knee strikes and kicks until Theory finally falls down. Running forearm by O”Reilly. Step up knee. Kick to the head. Suplex into an armbar into an ankle lock. Theory gets a rope break but O’Reilly attacks the arm on the ropes with a knee. Kicks from O’Reilly. Back elbow from Theory. Spinning slam by Theory for 2.9. Theory with a modified neckbreaker for another near fall. The action spills outside and Theory breaks down the steel steps. O’Reilly kicks Theory into the plexiglass and smashes him into the steps before throwing him back into the ring. Vicious ground and pound from O’Reilly. Knees. Kicks. Punches. Theory is down and O’Reilly hits a flying knee to the ankle, then applies the leg locks to make Theory tap out. O’Reilly refuses to let go until the ref admonishes him and forces him to break the hold. He isn’t disqualified though.

The winner of this contest: Kyle O’Reilly

Backstage interview with Raquel González. She says Xia Li has no chance. “Xia’s kick doesn’t scare me. Her bodyguard doesn’t scare me. And her little friend who sits on her throne doesn’t scare me. After I put Xia down there will be nobody left.” She and Dakota Kai leave together as we are promises a “Mariachi Madness Musical” from Legado up next!

Legado del Fantasma are in the ring

Despite promising us mariachi music, Santos Escobar dismisses the two musicians who came out to the ring. “You know what? I was going to give you a taste of the best musical heritage and the best music in the world, but I changed my mind. I’m not going to lower myself to entertain you. You, you, you, ain’t worth it. I’m not gonna do the Hit Row thing, vomit a few lines, embarrass myself and my hermanos. What is this, the battle of styles? I’m going to tell you what my style is — being the true and real campeon. Hit Row, I’m going to take the North American title and put it up there with blood, heritage, tradition and familia.” Hit Row interrupts and says that Legado is talking “real spicy” in here. B-Fab: “Y’all are out here celebrating your quinceañera with your daddy.” Top Dolla: “You Escobar like Santos, I’m Escobar like Pablo. When I see you, you and you? I smell gato. I was bigger than you in sixth grade, and that’s not a bar, that’s a fact.” Isaiah Scott: “I ain’t never seen no kids get kidnapped in a parking lot and returned right back. I’ll make Santos my bitch and in ten years the fruit won’t fall far from the tree.” Escobar: “Keep making those bitch rhymes pendejo. I’m going to take your title back to Mexico.” Hit Row hit the ring as B-Fab stands on the outside looking in. Escobar sends his flunkies after the rest of Hit Row then squares up with Scott. Scott is knocked down with a punch. Escobar grabs the mariachi’s guitar but B-Fab steals it before Scott can get the El Kabong. Now she’s encouraging Scott to do it to Escobar. Scott: “You think we’re playing games? I’m going to freaking kill you.” Scott swings and misses and Escobar rolls out of the ring. The guitar still gets used though, as Wilde is left in the ring to take the shot. The camera cuts backstage to a family discussion for The Way. LeRae: “We lost the tag titles, you couldn’t beat Kross, and why do you keep starting fights with people you can’t beat?” Hartwell: “Why are you being so hard on us? Why are you being so hard on him? If he wants to kiss Dexter, let him kiss Dexter.” Theory: “This family is falling apart.” He just walks out while Gargano & LeRae argue with Hartwell. Commercial!

Joe is still pacing backstage. Regal asks him to calm down. Joe: “I respect you, but you know that I’m going to be the first man to greet Kross when he gets here tonight.” Regal: “Peacefully, please.”

Odyssey Jones vs. Andre Chase (NXT Breakout Tournament)

Chase enters first and Wade Barrett tries to hype him up by saying he has more in ring experience than his opponent. Jones is 405 pounds of fury and excitement though and he’s not interested in any of that. Vic Joseph even reminds us Jones had an 800 pound dead lift at the NXT combine. Jones catches Chase in mid air and clotheslines him to the floor. He goes outside, Chase goes back inside, then dives on top of Jones to knock him down. Jones responds by dropping him across the announce desk. Chase uses every part of the set to attack Jones before he escapes back into the ring. Chase with a moonsault for two. Chase tries to work over an arm, but Jones’ bicep is bigger than Chase’s head. Jones hits the ropes for a huge crossbody. Back splash, roll, side slam, pin. It’s over.

The winner and advancing in the Breakout Tournament: Odyssey Jones

If we’ve learned any lesson in this tournament so far it’s that the big man always wins. MSK is backstage for an interview. Wes Lee: “We’ve going to continue to ride the wave of momentum.” Nash Carter: “We welcome any and all challengers.” She asks what MSK stands for and as Lee is about to explain Imperium interrupts the video feed to remind us that “the mat is sacred” and that “we are here to protect the purity of our sport by any means necessary” and the feed comes back right as Lee says “and that’s what MSK stands for.” Commercial!

Pete Dunne and Oney Lorcan challenge Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa to a “scrap” next week on SyFy before out next match gets underway.

LA Knight (w/ Cameron Grimes) vs. Drake Maverick

Grimes holds up the Million Dollar Title for Knight while the match is underway. He’s manhandling Rockstar Spud with ease, but gets mad at Grimes got not holding up the belt correctly and getting out of the ring to correct him. That allows Maverick to make a comeback and get on Eli Drake’s shoulders for a head scissor then do a crossbody. Sorry I’m really getting Impact Wrestling flashbacks here. (“Dummy, yeah!)” Knight overpowers Maverick again and the crowd starts a chant that makes Knight yell “Shut up!” He goes to show Grimes how to hold up the belt right, Maverick dropkicks him right into the belt, and rolls him up for the pin!

The winner of this contest: Drake Maverick

He’s so happy. Grimes is congratulating him. Knight immediately tells Grimes “this is your fault” and starts laying the boots to Maverick. Grimes pulls him off and gets in his face. “You don’t need to do this. The match is over. Let’s go.” Knight: “No it’s your turn. You’re going to hit him!” Grimes refuses and tries to leave. Knight drags him back into the ring. “You punch him, kick him, whatever you’ve got to do. Now, punch him right in the mouth.” Grimes is beside himself. Knight: “Come on. Do it!” Grimes reluctantly does and is beside himself down on his knees in agony. Knight: “I love it!” The crowd chants “LA sucks.” His music plays and he ushers his butler to follow him out. Video for our main event and commercial break!

Joe tried to intercept Kross’ car in the parking lot, but he wasn’t in it. The driver left him out front so Joe leaves in a furious rage. Adam Cole vs. Bronson Reed, Carmelo Hayes vs. Josh Briggs in the Breakout Tournament, and Oney Lorcan teams with Pete Dunne to face Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa, all on next week’s NXT. Time for Xia Li’s entrance!

Raquel González (champ) vs. Xia Li (NXT Women’s Title match)

No Boa. No Mei Ying. No Tian Sha. Xia Li comes out all alone. Raquel González doesn’t return the favor though because Dakota Kai accompanies her to the ring. González turns the belt around to show off her ass before the lights go down for the big match intro. González towers over Li and their billed heights of 5’3” vs. 6’0” seem accurate enough. The bell rings and we’re underway! González knocks her down and screams “I am your champion, you will respect me!” Li jumps on her back and gets yanked off. They do a test of strength, Li jumps to her head and tries to pull her over. González throws her off again but is kicked away. González finally takes Li down with a big boot to the face. Li rolls out and González gives chase. “This is what you wanted?” She lawn darts Li into the steel ring post. González yells at her to get in the ring. She goes out instead and says “you asked for this” charging with a boot, but she misses and Li snaps her left leg on the ring post repeatedly before shoving her into the steel steps. Commercial!

Xia Li is in control in the middle of the ring and turns González over for a single leg crab. González powers out but she’s still selling her left leg. She hits a fall away slam on one leg and a dropkick on one leg. I guess it doesn’t slow González down that much. Vic Joseph tells us she’s “blocking out the pain.” Nice try. Li tries a couple of roll through bridging near falls and then kicks González in the back. Spinning kick for a near fall as we go past the top of the hour. Li has González on her knees, slapping her in the face, but González picks her up, slams her down, walks over Li and comes off the top rope for a two count. The referee checks on Li to see if the match can continue. González screams “You wanted this Xia, get up!!” Now there are a couple of trainers checking on Li too. They’re not doing this off camera though so it’s got to be an ankle. González keeps shouting at her to get up as we go to a replay of all of González’ weight coming down on Li’s ribcage. González limps over on one leg as Li gets back up, but she immediately eats the one arm slam a/k/a Chingona Bomb for for the three count.

Your winner and still NXT Women’s Champion: Raquel González

Samoa Joe: “Karrion Kross! Come out to play! Where, or where is my young champion? The man who just refuses to learn. So tonight you will learn that there will be a reckoning. Stroll your happy ass down here so I can stomp it all over the arena.” Instead Kross appears on the video screen. “This is my world now. This is the way of the future. And this (he holds up the title) means I can go where I want, do what I want, and I can hurt anybody I want. For example — hey Joe, do you feel like you’re still in control?” He’s left William Regal bruised and beaten in the parking lot, and drives away before Joe can catch up to him. The end!

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