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WWE NXT results, live blog (Aug. 10, 2021): Cole & O’Reilly Face To Face

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

Advertised for tonight from the Capitol Wrestling Center: Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly meet with General Manager William Regal mediating, Raquel González “breaks her silence” regarding Dakota Kai turning on her to set-up their TakeOver 36 title match, Ilja Dragunov will be on hand in advance of his second attempt to take the NXT UK belt from WALTER, Sarray battles Ember Moon, the Breakout Tournament heads to semi-finals, and more!

Come right back here at 8 p.m. 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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Enjoy the show!


Black is black and white is white, which to choose and which is right, guide me to a place where I can stay. Wrap me up and keep me warm, hide myself far from the storm. Sleep and love will keep my mind at rest, but for right now I need to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for these folks.

The show opens with a recap video covering highlights of the Samoa Joe / Karrion Kross build and running down all the exciting parts of tonight’s show.

Commentary informs us that Ember Moon isn’t cleared to compete, so William Regal has found a replacement opponent for Sarray in the form of Dakota Kai.

Dakota makes her entrance and calls Raquel Gonzalez out, saying she’s gonna defeat the undefeated signing and show everyone that we’re looking at the next NXT Women’s Champion.

Dakota Kai vs. Sarray

Kai slaps a handshake away, applies a wristlock, reversed, Sarray shifts into a hammerlock but Dakota slips out and smashes her face into the mat. Piefacing her, whip to the corner, up and over, back elbow, kicks in the corner but Kai turns her around with forearms to the chest! Whip blocked, arm drag, kip-up, Sarray with a front kick into a body slam!

Deathlock the legs, sitting down, Sarray bridges back into the Muta Lock but Dakota grabs her hair to force a break and follows with an axe kick! Throwing her into the corner, choking her, one-foot cover comes up empty. Straight suplex, Sarray bridges out clean but Kai takes her back down, same result! Off the ropes, schoolboy, roll-through, Sarray falls back into a torturous half crab!

Bridging back, forcing Dakota’s leg to extreme angles but Kai gets the ropes to force the break! Sarray with a series of kicks to the lower back, giant step, slingshot double stomp in the ropes, cover for two! Fisherman suplex with the bridge, Kai kicks out and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Sarray throwing elbows into a German suplex, victory roll... NOPE! Double stomp follows, sidestep a kick, bridging Everest German suplex... STILL NO! Whip to the corner, Team Kick in full effect, Dakota goes for a cover, only two! Trading frantic blows, Kai with a scorpion kick, Sarray right behind her with a dropkick!

Fired up, calling for it, off the ropes... HESITATION DROPKICK! Again... THIS TIME DAKOTA SIDESTEPS AND HITS A SCISSORS KICK! Both women down and out as we see Raquel Gonzalez arriving at the arena. Sarray with a schoolboy pin, only two, victory roll, off the ropes, jackknife pin for two! Crescent kick, a second, into the corner but Kai nails her...

Dakota Kai wins by pinfall with the around-the-ring pump kick.

Post-match, Dakota goes for another kick but Gonzalez shows up and runs her off!

Raquel goes back to the ring and gets on the mic. She says Kai will never beat her and never hold the NXT Women’s Championship. If she wanted a chance, all she has to do is ask, and now she’ll get her opportunity, but at TakeOver she’ll tear Dakota apart.

A recap of last week’s main event follows.

We get footage of Indi Hartwell doing her makeup for her first date with local weirdo Dexter Lumis.

Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae are at the kitchen table talking about how they’re going to make this work when Lumis rings the doorbell, carrying roses and wearing a shirt covered in tiny skulls. Johnny greets him while Candice chats with Indi. She asks if she’s got protection and Hartwell says she’s a former tag champ, so she doesn’t need protection.

Gargano has an awkward “what are your intentions with my daughter” chat with Dexter, ranting at him while Lumis stares on in silence. Eventually the two lovebirds leave and Johnny reveals that he’s got a tracker on his phone as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Hit Row are in a storage container with a trash fire roaring, for some reason.

They call Legado del Fantasma out and say if they want to disrespect their culture, they’ll disrespect theirs, and they burn a lucha mask.

Ilja Dragunov makes his entrance and gets on the mic.

He says he’s not a man of the big words, because where he comes from and on the path he’s going, words don’t mean anything, but the struggle means something. The sheer blind belief in your fighting spirit has meant something, so he put all his strength, not into his mouth, but straight into his fists.

So, at TakeOver 36, you’ll witness chaos and rage and history will be made as an unbeatable kingdom falls when he ends WALTER’s reign and becomes NXT UK Champion.

Enter Pete Dunne.

He talks about how without him traveling the world as NXT UK Champion and carrying the entire continent of Europe on his back, Ilja wouldn’t even be here, and if he had been, he’d have put him in his place a long time ago. Dragunov says he’s not here for anyone else, he’s here because he carried his so-often destroyed body straight to the top!

He’ll make the impossible possible and beat WALTER, and that’s something Dunne can’t change and especially something he never did. But, if he’ll put his will where his words are, he challenges him to a fight tonight. Pete says after tonight, Ilja won’t make it to TakeOver!

LA Knight is interviewed backstage with Cameron Grimes in tow.

He takes issue with being accused of leaving Grimes hanging, saying he lost the match despite Knight’s best efforts to keep saving him. So LA gave him an opportunity to clean his own mess up, but he failed. Ted DiBiase’s trying to fill his head with all this talk that he’s special, but Cameron is just a butler, and there’s only one man who runs this.

Knight will be in action, after the break.

Andre Chase vs. LA Knight

Chase with an advantage off a couple hip tosses, Knight puts him throat-first into the ropes...

LA Knight wins by pinfall with a snapmare driver.

Post-match, Knight tries to make Grimes shine his boots, but he’s interrupted—

Enter “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase.

DiBiase says this has gone too far and he knows Cameron is a man of his word, but he could be doing a lot of other things. LA tries to say he wants to be a butler but Ted says Grimes has a lot more going for him, he believes in him and so do all these people. He tells Cameron he can be whatever he wants and to follow his heart, and he knows he wants to be a champion, and he thinks that if LA Knight puts the Million Dollar Championship on the line, Grimes would win.

Knight says it’s been scientifically proven that Cameron can’t beat him, but he’ll give him another match at TakeOver 36, but when he wins for the third time, Grimes won’t be his butler... DiBiase will! Ted says that’s a very interesting proposition and he’s a gambling man and his money is on Cameron Grimes and he’s got a LOT of money.

The stipulation is set!

A Gigi Dolin promo follows where she cuts black roses and says this isn’t just a job like it is for the other girls, it’s about running through every top woman in the division, and she’s not doing it alone.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get some hype for the match we just saw get made.

Amari Miller vs. Gigi Dolin

Collar and elbow, Dolin with a mat slam, Miller comes back with a hammerlock, reversed, snapmare and Gigi piefaces her! Back elbow, off the ropes, Amari meets her with a forearm, a backhand, and a Regal Cutter but Dolin scrambles to the ropes! Mat slam from the apron, armbreaker over the ropes, stomp the hand, short-arm lariats set up an abdominal stretch...

Gigi Dolin wins by pinfall with an abdominal stretch driver.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, we return to Indi Hartwell and Dexter Lumis on their date.

Indi orders about half a dozen appetizers at the Italian restaurant they chose and rambles about how great chicken fingers are when she hears radio chatter that’s obviously Johnny Gargano’s voice.

She walks over and picks up a menu and there’s Candice LeRae, who sputters out an excuse before running away.

William Regal is in the ring with security and a podium.

He calls Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly down for their face-to-face.

Regal tells them that their match will be two out of three falls and they each get to pick a stipulation for the first two falls, but he’ll pick one for the third and final fall, if it’s necessary. (So it’s Three Stages of Hell.)

Kyle says he’s been thinking about all the stipulations he could use to torture and abuse Adam but his loss at Great American Bash still stings, so his pick for the first fall is a straight-up vanilla pinfall or submission match, because if he beats Cole in that, his psyche will shatter.

Adam calls him delusional, and for 13 years he’s proved over and over again that he’s better at this job. He cites a bunch of results as proof before saying KOR has made it crystal clear what he wants and fortunately he wants the same thing, so as far as he’s concerned, the second fall NEEDS to be a street fight, and don’t you worry what Regal’s third fall is going to be, because he’s going 2-0 and ending the Cole-O’Reilly saga.

KOR says he smashed Cole’s face into the steps because he taught him, he sharpened the blade and handed him the sword, and maybe he’s naive in thinking that he can be an upstanding citizen now, but he’s got his priorities straight, because he’s literally willing to do anything to put Adam down for good. He just doesn’t care, and now that he doesn’t give a damn, he’s the most dangerous man he’s ever stepped in a ring with.

Cole says of course he taught him, he’s been trying to live up to his legacy for 13 years and riding on his coattails the whole way, and Kyle will NEVER be Adam Cole. He’s the greatest NXT Superstar this brand has ever seen, and KOR is just a footnote in that career. He’ll teach him something else right here and right now, and that’s that he doesn’t have a killer instinct.

He’s soft, pathetic. A brawl breaks out, security holds them apart, and Regal announces the stipulation for the third fall— a steel cage match!

Cut to Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa cutting a promo backstage.

Ciampa talks about how Pete Dunne and Oney Lorcan needed a third to put them down. Ridge Holland is young and big and this industry chooses people like him, but Holland isn’t Thatcher, he isn’t Ciampa, two men who have traveled the world perfecting their craft. They chose this industry and they continue to chose this industry.

If Holland wants to try and make his name at their expense, they’ll party, and Tom tries to claim the match but Tim, with all due respect, says he wants Ridge and class will be in session.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial we get a promo from Imperium that gets interrupted by MSK, who mock their style of speaking and say they’re the IV drip putting new life into the tag division and offer a title match because they’re fighting champions, all night and all day.

Commentary hypes up the matches for TakeOver 36.

Odyssey Jones vs. Trey Baxter (NXT Breakout Tournament Semifinals)

Circling, Jones shoves him down, Baxter sidestepping and feinting, looking for a pin but Odyssey hosses him up and throws him aside. Jones tossing him around, Trey slips out, sleeper hold applied, but Odyssey tosses him aside with ease again! Leg pick, Baxter hits an enzuigiri, Black Magic, sidestep, Tiger feint kick to the shin, basement dropkick follows, basement DDT connects!

Rolling solebutt for two, but Jones catches him...

Odyssey Jones wins by pinfall with a powerbomb lift dropped into a Rock Bottom.

Post-match, Jones is interviewed.

He’s excited to punch his ticket to the finals and tells his mom that he made it.

A short and cryptic Tian Sha teaser sends us to break.

Back from commercial, KUSHIDA leaves William Regal’s office, followed shortly thereafter by Malcolm Bivens, who tells interview lady that he thinks Regal has news for her.

Regal comes out and says that MSK will defend the tag titles against Imperium and KUSHIDA will defend the cruiserweight title against Roderick Strong, next week.

Boa vs. Drake Maverick

Boa with leg kicks, a pump kick, Maverick spins out into the corner and pulls himself up. Ducking under a kick, stomp the leg, hamstring kicks, Boa with a throat thrust to cut him off! Drake with a chop block, but he runs right into a palm strike! Knucklelock, kicks to the ribs, elevated wristlock, electric chair, Maverick goes for a Dragonrana and doesn’t get all of it but he gets enough!

Basement dropkicks, Boa rolls to the floor, Drake up top... SENTON ATOMICO TO THE FLOOR! Maverick gets misted by Mei Ying, back inside...

Boa wins by pinfall with a roundhouse kick.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial we go back to Dexter and Indi’s date.

She’s a chatterbox and says she always has room for desert when a waiter rolls up with a coconut cake, and it turns out to be Johnny Gargano in a bad wig and moustache, which she pulls off of him. Gargano decides it’s his cake, a tug of war breaks out and the cage goes in Dexter’s face!

Johnny runs away, Hartwell reminds Lumis she always has room for dessert, and she eats the cake off his face as the camera fades.

We get a video package for Joe vs. Kross at TakeOver.

An Ilja Dragunov video follows to set the stage for our main event, which begins after the break.

Back from commercial, we get a video package for next week’s title matches.

Ilja Dragunov vs. Pete Dunne

Collar and elbow, Dunne forces him down, hammerlock applied, wrenching the fingers, Dragunov rolls through but Pete forces him back down into a top wristlock. Jim Breaks Special, Ilja rolls through, fireman’s carry into a wristlock, wrenching him around, but Dunne bends his hand back, shifts to a half nelson, cover for two.

Pete grabs him by the ears, leg trip, deathlock the legs, fall back into a toehold! Punches to the ear, side headlock, Dragunov reverses into a takeover and a headlock of his own! Dunne with punches, shot off, drop down, leg lariat takes Ilja down and a kick follows it up! Peter with an arm wringer but Dragunov drops him with a lariat!

Waistlock, German suplex, Dunne lands on his feet, Ilja bridges back and nails him with an enzuigiri! Corner lariat, overhook suplex, off the second, diving knee... NOPE! Up top, Pete wrenching his fingers back, Dragunov knocks him down and dives... DUNNE CUTS HIM OUT OF MIDAIR WITH AN ELBOW AND WE GO TO BREAK!

Back from commercial, Dunne is in control and working the arm. Kick to the jaw, wristlock kicks, Dragunov asks him for more and throws a lariat, which moves us into a “trading strikes” segment. Ilja levels him with a lariat, Pete blockes a kick, inverted stomp armbreaker! Off the ropes, Dragunov with a series of lariats but Dunne counters with a kick!

Constantine Special connects and both men are down and out, Ilja clutching his lariat arm in agony! Dragunov with knucklelock chops to the neck, pumphandle but Dunne reverses with a top wristlock! Ilja fights back with overhead elbows, pumphandle northern lights driver... NO GOOD! Pete lighting him up with kicks, wristlock, Dragunov counters wtih a chop, a senton, Dunne reverses, Fujiwara armbar!

Ilja rolls through, jockeying for position, deadly elbows, Pete with a handful of hair and knees to the nose! Fujiwara armbar on the injured arm, Dragunov posts to his feet, Dunne shifts to a triangle choke and then counters a falling elbow with a knee before reapplying the triangle tighter! Dragunov deadlift... POWERBOMB COUNTER!

Falling elbow into a cover... STILL NO! Ilja goes for something, Pete cuts him off with finger work, Dragunov with a chop but the hand’s too hurt and Dunne stomps him! Looking for the Constantine Special, he can’t hold hismelf up in the ropes and Pete nails him, pumphandle, Bitter End countered! Cradle reversed, cross armbar, Ilja fighting, cradle bridging German suplex... PETE DUNNE FINDS THE WILL TO KICK OUT!

Dragunov up top, diving senton, clutching his injured hand but fired up, calling for it— DVORAK OVER THE PA SPEAKERS! WALTER IS HERE! Ilja’s distracted but blocks Bitter End, Torpedo Moskau countered with an elbow, Pete goes for it...

Pete Dunne wins by pinfall with Bitter End.

Post-match, WALTER attacks Dragunov but gets laid out with Torpedo Moskau!

That’s the show, folks.

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