WWE NXT TakeOver: 36 is all set to pop off tonight (Sun., Aug. 22, 2021) at 8 pm ET, live on Peacock and WWE Network!
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WWE NXT TAKEOVER: 36 QUICK RESULTS
WWE NXT TAKEOVER: 36 LIVE BLOG & MATCH COVERAGE
Neither has a predilection, neither has an afterthought, and neither chair gets warm at all and neither takes their jacket off. For this they’ll pay the same money to see the event as you, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
Ridge Holland vs. Trey Baxter
Baxter in hot with dropkicks but Holland blasts him! Overhook suplex, Trey hits a knee but gets caught on a second into an overhead belly-to-belly suplex! Dropping a knee, Baxter fires off an upkick, an enzuigiri, sidestep, discus lariat, a running knee, handspring gamengiri but a handspring back elbow is caught and Ridge drops him with a headbutt!
Scooping him up...
Ridge Holland wins by pinfall with an Emerald Flowsion.
Post-match, Holland gets on the mic and says that’s what happens when you think you’ve the bollocks to challenge Ridge Holland, and he tells Tim Thatcher this is a direct look into his future.
TakeOver proper begins with the usual recap video / hype reel.
Cameron Grimes vs. LA Knight (c) (Million Dollar Championship)
Circling, taking in the atmosphere, collar and elbow, Knight backs him in the corner and Grimes breaks dirty with a right hand. Knees follow, whip across, back body drop, LA with a wristlock and Cameron knocks him out of the ring! Three tries to a PK, putting Knight in the Lexan, DiBiase whips his boy into the champ!
LA returns to the ring, Grimes with a knee, Knight trips him up and he crashes rib-first into the turnbuckle! Putting boots to him on the floor, back inside, more boots, catapult into the bottom rope! Mounted punches, Cameron fires an elbow, boot up, LA whip across, crossbody for two! Up and over, Frankensteiner countered to a powerbomb... NO!
Handful of hair into a neck crank, Grimes blocks, shift to a rear chinlock, tilt-a-whirl slam! Big elbow, nobody home! Whip reversed, elbow up, nobody home on the quebrada! Cameron with flying forearms, big corner lariat, Million Dollar Dream blocked with an elbow but he gets a German suplex and a Hurricanrana... NOT ENOUGH!
Argentine backbreaker rack, Cameron slips out, diving bulldog from the champ, follow it with the Burning Hammer... STILL NO! Grimes with a dropkick, a knee in return, superkick connects, and then a lariat! Clothesline over the ropes, skin the cat, crossbody powerslam... NOPE! Both men slow to rise, Cameron with corner chest kicks!
Knight hangs onto the ropes and sets him up top, jockeying for position... LA KNIGHT AVALANCHE GERMAN SUPLEX CAN’T PUT HIM DOWN! Looking for a backslide but he gets the Million Dollar Dream! Hanging onto it, but LA steps up and reverses to a pin! Grimes keeps it for a beat but Knight gets the ropes for the break!
He goes and gets the title but Grimes kicks his head off! Knight falls to the floor and DiBiase knocks him out with a heavy right hand before putting the Million Dollar Dream on him! Back inside...
Cameron Grimes wins by pinfall with Cave-In, becoming the new Million Dollar Champion.
Dakota Kai vs. Raquel Gonzalez (c) (NXT Women’s Championship)
Kai taunting Gonzalez early, keeping her distance, cross armbar applied but Raquel hosses her up and hits her with a knee! In control, tossing her around, press lift and she drops her into the turnbuckles! Headed up, Dakota cuts her off and hits the corner kick but Gonzalez falls out of the ring before she can capitalize!
Back inside, Kai nails her with a boot but again Raquel rolls to the ropes. Dakota with a Codebreaker... NOPE! Clubbing blows, but Gonzalez turns the tide with her strength again. The damage done to the arm, she struggles a little but is able to block a scorpion kick and turn it into a powerbomb! Back and forth, Raquel drops her onto the ramp!
Steely-eyed determination in both women, Gonzalez shrugs her off and asks for more, lungblower... NOT ENOUGH! Raquel counters her and puts her into the corner hard! Up top, she catches the boot...
Raquel Gonzalez wins by pinfall with an avalanche one-armed powerbomb to retain the NXT Women’s Championship.
Post-match, Kay Lee Ray arrives in NXT and stares Gonzalez down!
We see Karrion Kross getting ready backstage.
Ilja Dragunov vs. WALTER (c) (NXT United Kingdom Championship)
Chops early (shocking, I know), Dragunov with a leg pick roll-through, WALTER shoves him off and Ilja counters a leapfrog into a spinebuster! Half-crab attempt, the Ring General gets the ropes, headlock takeover, headscissors reversal, Dragunov does a takeover of his own but WALTER can’t get the headscissors!
Block the shoot off, short armscissors, WALTER lifts him up, puts him up top, and drops him to the floor with a chop! Looking for a sleeper hold, Ilja blocks and forces himself to the ropes, but WALTER hits the Ringkampf German suplex! Snapmare, kick to the back, the sleeper is in, shifting gears, powerbomb blocked, Dragunov gets him up for a back body drop!
Off the ropes, block the Constantine Special with an exploder suplex... NOPE! Big boot into trading chops, Ilja wants more and WALTER is happy to give it to him! Lariat... COUNTERED INTO AN ARMBAR! Using the arm to lever him around for knees, Dragunov putting a sequence together, big chops to the neck, hammering with abandon, go-behind, backhammer into overhead elbows but the Ring General lifts him up!
elbows to get out of the fireman’s carry, short-arm knee to the jaw rocks the champ! WALTER with a vicious lariat in return... NOT ENOUGH! Dragunov with more chops, a German suplex, going chop for enzuigiri, charging knee, scooping him up with a seatbelt suplex... SO CLOSE! Missile dropkick follows, Ilja goes up top, diving senton and he is fired up, y’all!
Charging in, WALTER counters with the sleeper, sleeper suplex drops Dragunov on his dome! TORPEDO MOSKAU BUT HE’S SLOW TO CAPITALIZE! ANOTHER TORPEDO MOSKAU AND THE RING GENERAL WILL NOT STAY DOWN! Chops on chops, WALTER drops him with one but can’t keep him down for three! Up top, Ilja rushes after him for a snap superplex!
Off the top, missile dropkick, WALTER fires back a dropkick of his own, Tenryu Powerbomb... ILJA KICKS OUT! More chops, a knee trembler, another powerbomb, WALTER goes up top, diving splash... DRAGUNOV IST UNBESIEGBAR! WALTER with mounted forearms, Ilja turtles up, slings him off, eats a boot and stays standing, springboard Torpedo Moskau!
Rising up, getting his bearings, falling forearms, raining elbows down! WALTER can’t protect himself! Dragunov’s got the sleeper hold! WALTER gets to his feet and climbs up top, Ilja won’t break his grip but manages to throw himself away when the Ring General falls back to try and crush him! Falling strikes, back to the sleeper hold, WALTER flagging but able to roll around and post up on his feet!
Falling back again, Ilja keeps the hold in, WALTER trembling, rolling over, Dragunov lets go and hammers him with kicks and hammerfists to the head! Huge backfist, falling forearm, dragging him back up with the sleeper... WALTER TAPS! IT’S OVER!
Ilja Dragunov wins by submission with a sleeper hold, becoming the new NXT United Kingdom Championship.
Cameron Grimes and Ted DiBiase are interviewed but I miss it because one of our cats caught a mouse and I had to dispose of it. Everybody congratulate Cream Cheese for being such a great mouser!
When I get back William Regal is having a segment with Samoa Joe that I also missed most of because Peacock decided to kick me out of the stream while I was taking care of the mouse. Sorry y’all!
Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly (Three Stages of Hell Match)
O’Reilly lighting him up with strikes, a diving knee sends the action to the floor and he follows it up with a suplex! Ax and Smash, cover for two, following it up with some tentative palm strikes and then a cross armbar but Cole keeps his hands clasped, so Kyle shifts to an ankle lock! Adam with an enzuigiri, block the pendulum lariat but the discus lariat lands and gets KOR a two count!
Headed up top, Panama Sunrise blocked...
Kyle O’Reilly wins the first fall by pinfall with a victory roll pin, going 1-0.
The second fall, as a reminder, is a street fight.
Cole goes under the ring for plunder but O’Reilly cuts him off and gets a chair. Adam with a kick, he gets the chair and rams Kyle with it, KOR comes back, sits him on a chair, puts a trash can on his head, and nails him with a diving knee off the apron! Back inside, chairs and kendo sticks in the ring, Cole cuts him off with a superkick and Kyle crashes to the floor clutching his arm!
Adam is ready to meet him with a chair when he gets back in, wedging it in the corner and cutting him off with a boot, the damage to the ribs is so bad! Hard whip into the chair, kendo stick-assisted lungblower... NOPE! Telling KOR to stay down, he fires up and throws hands but a single kick to the ribs crumples him!
O’Reilly with a shinbreaker into the chair, then a dragon screw into the chair and Adam is barely able to get to his feet and sidestep so Kyle crashes into the chair! Stereo pump kicks, both guys down, referee Aja Perera keeping a close eye on the action! Both men go to the floor to get chains to wrap their fists and start trading punches with abandon!
Action to the floor, O’Reilly puts him off the stage and into the Lexan barrier! Cole manages to catch him with a neckbreaker, back inside and he sets two chairs back to back for some hardcore feng shui but KOR gets him up, Ushigoroshi connects! But Adam is a little faster and puts him spine-first into the chairs...
Adam Cole wins the second fall by pinfall with Last Shot, evening things up 1-1.
The third fall is a steel cage and medics check on O’Reilly’s ribs as the cage lowers.
Cole attacks him before the cage finishes dropping and powerbombs him into the announce desk! Medics keep checking on him, the cage continues to lower but Adam goes after and drags him back in the ring!
The match takes a breather but soon enough KOR is deemed capable of continuing! Cole throws him into the cage walls a few times, but Kyle fires up and traps him against the cage before hitting repeated running knees! Diving knee off the top, cut Adam recovers and hits a low blow! Climbing the ropes, Panama Sunrise... NOT ENOUGH!
Cole handcuffs him to the ropes and hits a few knees but KOR catches one and grabs a heel hook! IT’S OVER!
Kyle O’Reilly wins the third and final fall by submission with a heel hook, winning the match 2-1.
Ilja Dragunov is interviewed backstage.
He winces through the pain before saying that the Ring General has fallen, long live the Tsar.
Legado del Fantasma cut a promo backstage.
They say there’s a saying in Mexico, and they offered Hit Row a clean, classic solution their problem, but on Tuesday they’re going to finish the job. That saying? He who laughs last, laughs best.
Karrion Kross (c) vs. Samoa Joe (NXT Championship)
Circling, Kross with leg kicks to try and get in Joe’s head but it’s not working and Samoa hammers him with corner strikes until referee DA Brewer warns him. To the next corner, chops, Karrion turns him around but Joe reverses right back and knocks him silly with an enzuigiri! Drawing him up, snapmare, chop to the back of the neck, chest kick, elbow drop and Joe is rolling!
Off the ropes, sleeper hold locked in but Kross gets the ropes and counters with a Saito Suplex! Elbow to the back of the neck sends Samoa to the floor, where Karrion throws him into the Lexan! Back inside, lighting Joe up with forearms, he returns with chops and a headbutt, off the ropes but Kross catches him with a boot and a back suplex... NOPE!
The front kick in the ropes, Joe follows it up with his trademark suicide dive! Samoa takes a minute to clear his head after the dive, Karrion takes him back inside, corner lariats, exploding out of the corner but Joe hits the snap scoop powerslam! Tenryu Powerbomb, shift into the STF in the middle of the ring! Shift again, arm-trap crossface but Kross is able to roll around and get a foot on the ropes for the break!
Hammerlock knee to the face gets Karrion a nearfall, he floats over into mounted forearms to the back of Joe’s head! Striking in the corner, off the ropes, Joe hits a back elbow and then a belly-to-belly suplex! Slow to capitalize, strikes to a Manhattan Drop, big boot, running senton, cover... STILL NO!
Another senton, the Coquina Clutch is in, falling back to the mat but he can’t get the hooks in! Kross rolls through, cross armbar, looking for the Krossjacket, Joe is fading, drooling bloody spittle but he fires up and gets to his feet, trying to break the hold by ramming him into the corner! Karrion lets him go, forearm to the back, lining him up but Samoa counters with the Rock Bottom!
Knee up in the corner but Joe hits the enzuigiri and sets him up... MUSCLE BUSTER! IT’S OVER!
Samoa Joe wins by pinfall with the Muscle Buster to become your new NXT Champion.
Joe poses with the title on the stage, the first ever three-time NXT Champion.
That’s the show, folks.