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WWE NXT results, live blog (Aug. 24, 2021): TakeOver fallout

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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 (spoilers are here, if you’re interested - and if you are and chose to discuss them in the comments, please use the spoiler tag):: Hit Row & Legado Del Fantasma square off in trios action, and the Breakout Tournament Finals feature Odyssey Jones vs. Carmelo Hayes. Plus, new NXT champ Samoa Joe & more fallout from TakeOver 36 as we watch for signs of the “new NXT”. 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!


We’re the future and the past, we’re the only way you’re gonna last. We’re just pawns in a funny game, tiny actors in the oldest play. It’s an angry sea we face, just to get the chance to join the race. Gotta make it, gotta try, gotta get the chance to live and die, and I gotta liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with Cameron Grimes and “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase rolling up to the CWC in a limo.

They arrive in the ring and DiBiase gets on the mic and says he came to NXT to find a special someone who could carry on the legacy of the Million Dollar Man, and whoever that person was, would have to be physically gifted and strong of mind, and very strong of heart. Quitters never win, and winners never quit, and Grimes has never quit.

Cameron says Ted drove him absolutely bonkers when he first showed up, and DiBiase admits he was testing him and he passed. Grimes says he thought he was something because of all those zeros in his bank account and he lost track of where he was going, but he eventually came to know he couldn’t let Ted suffer as LA Knight’s butler.

So he took care of Knight and became the Million Dollar Champion. DiBiase says it’s time to go to the moon, Grimes joins him, and money flies everywhere in the arena.

A recap of TakeOver 36 follows.

Ridge Holland makes his entrance to send us to break.

Ridge Holland vs. Timothy Thatcher

Collar and elbow gives way to uppercuts, both men just hammering each other, eventually Holland slams Thatcher into the ropes! Knee drop to the jaw, cover for one, Tim with a series of Inoki upkicks, back to his feet, that look of steel-eyed determination playing across Thatcher’s face, clubbing blows, whip reversed, Ridge with a back elbow for two!

Thatcher looking for the Fujiwara armbar, working them arm, wrenching the neck, Holland stands up and traps the leg but Tim turns it around and puts him into the ropes! Clutching his arm, Ridge stalks, Thatcher gets the double wristlock but can’t bend it back to full extension at first so he shifts gears and uppercuts him in the back of the neck!

Back to the arm, Holland reverses to a short-arm lariat and we go to break.

Back from commercial, trading uppercuts, Thatcher hits that dirty Tenryu enzuigiri and slams him into the ropes! Tim working the leg, Holland with uppercuts, scoops him up...

Ridge Holland wins by pinfall with an Emerald Flowsion.

Post-match, Ridge puts hands on Tommaso Ciampa and Ciampa unloads on him! He dumps Pete Dunne out of the ring and puts boots to Holland until Oney Lorcan and a returning Danny Burch arrive to put boots to him! Holland beats Thatcher down, jabbing him in the throat before Pete Dunne backs him off.

Carmelo Hayes is interviewed ahead of the finals to the NXT Breakout Tournament, making his case for belonging in NXT and such, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a recap of last week’s In-Dex shenanigans.

Indi Hartwell and Dexter Lumis are interviewed backstage and reveal that their wedding has been set for Sept. 14.

Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne vs. Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter

Dolin and Carter to start, Kayden using her speed for an early advantage, dropkick and a tag, clear the ring but Gigi and Jacy take charge, bronco buster and a senton and they’re rolling! Catanzaro isolated but she gets away, Kayden in hot and lighting Dolin up with strikes! Kacy with the tag...

Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter win by pinfall with a 450 splash from Catanzaro on Jacy Jayne.

Raquel Gonzalez is interviewed backstage.

She says she doesn’t think Dakota Kai is done with her and puts Kay Lee Ray’s accolades over but says it makes no difference who steps up.

Franky Monet rolls up and says she doesn’t wait in line and she’s gonna take Raquel’s shine and her championship in the process.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Odyssey Jones gets his own interview to match Carmelo’s from earlier.

Kay Lee Ray vs. Valentina Feroz

Collar and elbow, Ray wrenching her arm, arm wringer, Feroz rolls away, ducks under a lariat, right hands but Kay shoves her aside. Front kick, suplex lift dropped into a facebuster, staying on her, scoop and a slam, knee drop, cover for two. Smashing Valentina’s face into the turnbuckles, whip across, back elbow, duck the lariat, shotgun dropkick!

Whip reversed, KLR nails her with a superkick, gets her up...

Kay Lee Ray wins by pinfall with a Gory Bomb.

Samoa Joe is shown arriving at the arena to send us to break.

Back from commercial, we see Jacy Jayne and Gigi Dolin walking backstage.

They shrug off an interview and Mandy Rose tells them that if they want to never feel like this again, they’ll come with her and never look back, so they shrug and go with her.

Samoa Joe makes his first entrance as your new NXT Champion.

He recounts his match at TakeOver 36, emphasizing that he’s the first-ever three-time NXT Champion. Tonight should be a night of celebration, but he didn’t come dressed to celebrate, because his experience tells him that to be NXT Champion is to be king in the land of savages, and in the land of savages, there is no time to celebrate.

The tension in the air tonight is palpable, the handshakes colder, and the stares a bit bolder. So he’s come here to ask one simple question— who will stop staring, and actually come here and step to him? The time is now, the champ is waiting.


Dunne says they’ve been face-to-face enough times that Joe should know the truth— he ain’t the baddest around here, so head to the back, fetch William Regal, and make the match.

Enter LA Knight.

He says the chills going down Joe’s spine are fear, and at TakeOver 36 he watched him take all night long to take out a guy it’d have taken him 43 seconds to dust. If Joe’s got enough tingle in his loins, he’ll be his first challenger, and his last challenger.

He goes to get in the ring and Peter threatens to break every one of his fingers if he gets in the ring and that gets Knight to back off and claim he’s just here to chat.

Enter Kyle O’Reilly.

He says he and Samoan Joseph and Peter Doone know each other well enough, but La Knight hasn’t been introduced. But the only thing Knight could win is a Stone Cold Steve Austin vest knockoff contest, and to the matter at hand, he respects the hell out of Joe and he’s not here to talk his way into a title match, because he’s earned a title match.


Dunne advances on Joe but Tommaso Ciampa hits the ring and attacks him, leading Holland to nail him with a headbutt! Knight tries to cheapshot Samoa but gets headbutted to the floor!

Cameron Grimes shows Ted DiBiase to the limousine.

Grimes says the Million Dollar Championship is Ted’s legacy and it belongs to him. He tries to give the belt to DiBiase but Ted returns it to him and tells him every time he looks at the title, he’ll remember who he is. Cameron says it means the world, but it doesn’t feel right. No, I mean, it doesn’t feel right. He looks closely at the belt and realizes Ted switched it for a replica title, and DiBiase cackles and drives off.

We get a hype reel for the tournament finals and go to break.

Back from commercial, Kyle O’Reilly is interviewed.

Duke Hudson rolls up before he can answer and mocks him, KOR slaps him, Duke sucker punches him and slams him into some lockers and they brawl until referees and security pull them apart!

William Regal is seated at ringside for this next one.

Carmelo Hayes vs. Odyssey Jones (NXT Breakout Tournament Finals)

Hayes keeping his distance, circling, collar and elbow and Jones easily backs him into the corner and sets him up top, breaking clean. Carmelo with a headlock, shot off, he stops short of getting caught and it’s smiles all around. Hayes goes back to the headlock, Odyssey throws him off and biels him across the ring!

Out and back in, Carmelo hits dropkicks to the face and the knee, running knee but Jones blocks it! Clubbing blows, shove off, catch the pump kick but the enzuigiri connects! Springboard and Jones catches him and slams him to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Jones trapped in the corner, Hayes kicking away at his thigh, wrenching his leg over the ropes but Odyssey knocks him down! Hanging Carmelo up in the corner, hammering him with strikes, Hayes comes back with a front chancery and saps the life out of Jones! Down on one knee, Hayes with a springboard lariat, a couple pump kicks, running knee, the big man’s still standing!

Tilt-a-whirl facebuster takes him down, axe kick, cover... NOPE! Charging back in, Odyssey counters with a shoulderbreaker! Carmelo up top, diving axe kick but he’s slow to capitalize, trading pins...

Carmelo Hayes wins by pinfall with a crucifix pin.

Post-match, William Regal presents Hayes with the contract to face any NXT Champion of his choice and congratulates him.

Hayes thanks Jones and says he’s no joke before saying it’s too early to pick a champion to face, but when Carmelo Hayes shoots, he doesn’t miss.

Pete Dunne and company cut a promo in front of a brick wall.

He says Samoa Joe knows how this ends, with the Bruiserweight as NXT Champion. Danny Burch takes a turn and he and Oney Burch say they never lost the tag titles, so they’re the rightful champions. Ridge Holland says he’s gonna make sure Ciampa ends up just like Thatcher, on the shelf.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial we get another recap of TakeOver 36 and the promise of an Ilja Dragunov appearance next week.

Boa vs. Xyon Quinn

Boa in charge early but Quinn gets a lucky shot in...

Xyon Quinn wins by pinfall.

Quinn turns away from Mei Ying on his way out and decides to leave through the crowd.

Johnny Gargano is backstage begging William Regal to cancel the Hartwell/Lumis wedding, but Regal says it’ll make great TV, seeing Gargano go cuckoo bananas.

They argue about how to pronounce bananas, LA Knight rolls out, they all yell at once and Regal kicks them out of his office and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Malcolm Bivens is in the Diamond Mine with Roderick Strong teaching a master class.

He says they push themselves beyond limits, unlike KUSHIDA, and that’s why Roddy is gonna have an open challenge next week and prove to the world what a champion he really is.

Hit Row (Ashante “Thee” Adonis, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, & Top Dolla) vs. Legado del Fantasma (Joaquin Wilde, Raul Mendoza, & Santos Escobar)

Legado in charge early but Hit Row come back and Dolla beats Escobar down! Wilde tags in, Hit Row take him to the corner and isolate him for the beatdown! Working him over, Mendoza runs in, Adonis fends him off with ease and monkey flips him! Springboard to the apron, cartwheel evasion to the floor, flapjack on Joaquin!

The two teams stare each other down apron to floor and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Legado are in control and working Scott over at length. Heat segment rolls on, Swerve with a wicked lariat to Mendoza, he tags Wilde in and they block Isaiah from the tag. Back suplex, lands on his feet, clear the apron, back body drop, a stomp to the chest! Tag to Escobar, Scott rolls back and tags Dolla in!

Big pounce, right hand, boot, off the ropes, running knee and he’s fired up! Side slam, big elbow drop... LDF BREAK IT UP! Top gets Raul and Joaquin up on his shoulders, catches Escobar and hits a World’s Strongest Slam / Wasteland / fireman’s carry drop combo on them! Tag to Adonis, Santos slips away, dropkick into an enzuigiri, and they take Ashante into the corner for a beating!

Double spinebuster gets two, Adonis dumps Wilde but Mendoza hits a missile dropkick and a Michinoku Driver only for Swerve to break it up! Tags made, Swerve and Santos teeing off on each other, jumping reverse STO from Isaiah! Up top, Adonis neutralizes Wilde, Dolla lays everybody out, Swerve with the 450 splash... ESCOBAR KICKS OUT!

Half nelson reversed into an arm drag, Isaiah sends Santos to the floor but eats a back heel trip to the floor! B-FAB evens the odds but turns around to see the LdF have brought Electra Lopez to counteract her with a steel pipe! Swerve gets distracted by the pipe, Escobar takes advantage...

Legado del Fantasma win by pinfall with a schoolboy pin from Santos Escobar on Isaiah Scott.

Post-match, the two factions stare each other down.

That’s the show, folks.

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