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WWE NXT results, live blog (Jan. 18, 2022): WALTER vs. Strong

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

Advertised for tonight from the WWE Performance Center: This year’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic kicks off for the men with two matches, and WALTER & Roderick Strong go one-on-one. Plus, Tony D’Angelo has a memorial planned for Pete Dunne’s career, Elektra Lopez “plans to unleash”, Kay Lee Ray keeps pushing for a shot at Women’s champ Mandy Rose... and more!

Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the NXT live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. A running record of everything that happens will be below this line here.

Enjoy the show!


The shape of your data’s got me astral projecting, but I think you and I we need to talk, because the soul of the code your equipment had sent me? It might as well have been outlined in chalk. I cannot decipher what all the static is but I got a pretty good read on liveblogging this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with LA Knight driving up to the arena and meeting Andre Chase and his prize student in the parking lot. He tells them to watch out and look for him kicking Grayson Waller’s ass. He greets Briggs and Jensen on his way in and tells them the same and to kick ass in the Dusty.

LA Knight makes his entrance and gets on the mic.

He calls Waller out and says he knows he’s not gonna come down and look him in the eyes, and week after week he hears “Grayson sucks!” but as much as that chaps his ass, there’s gotta be one sound that haunts him worse, and that’s the name of the man who’s gonna drop him on his head, LA Knight.

He recounts Grayson’s history trying and failing to take him out.

Enter Grayson Waller.

He’s got some paperwork and says he’d love to fight Knight, especially after he attacked him last week for no reason at all, but his lawyers have advised him that for his own safety he can’t. He slides the papers into the ring and tells LA to take a look at it.

Waller explains it’s a 50 foot restraining order and demonstrates the concept of distance. Knight says that’s good but he doesn’t have a restraining order against him.

Who is him? Dexter Lumis, making his entrance from under the ring while Grayson looks at the stage. He’s got him in the arm triangle but Waller runs away! LA gives him the choice of dropping the order and getting dropped on his head by himself or wrestling Lumis, and we’ll find out who he picks after the break.

Dexter Lumis vs. Grayson Waller

Match is joined in progress, Lumis in control but Waller manages to turn it around with some precision striking, going to work on Dexter’s arm. Fireman’s carry, Lumis slips out, pop-up right hand to the jaw! Hangman’s neckbreaker connects, three total, only good for a nearfall!

Grayson with a jawbreaker, passed to the apron he hangs Lumis’ arm over the ropes and takes him to the floor! A lariat takes Dexter out and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Waller has a top wristlock in, Lumis struggles to his feet and backs him hard into the corner! Big right hands get Dexter back in the fight, big leg drop, fired up, Side Effect connects but Grayson gets the ropes before the Silence is in! To the floor, arm triangle applied, Waller rams him into the annouce desk!

A bearded man attacks Dexter and throws him into the ring, Grayson back at it...

Grayson Waller wins by pinfall with a rolling thunder Stunner.

Waller hangs out with and is friendly to our bearded mystery man.

We get the video setting up Roderick Strong vs. WALTER for tonight.

A video package for the Dusty Classic follows.

The Creed Brothers make their entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, MSK are watching the Dusty on a monitor and excited about their first match, against Jacket Time.

Legado del Fantasma roll up to tell them “nuh uh”, because even if they beat Jacket Time next week, they’re gonna meet in the semifinals and beat them. MSK say they should be worried about Edris Enofe and Malik Blade but LdF aren’t having it.

Briggs and Jensen (Brooks Jensen & Josh Briggs) vs. Creed Brothers (Brutus & Julius Creed) (Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Quarterfinal Match)

Brutus and Jensen to start, waistlock from Creed but Brooks gets the ropes and follows it up with a vicious knee to the chest that sends Brutus’ mouthpiece flying! Right hand, crossface strikes, tag to Briggs, double body slam! Creeds back him into the corner and Julius tags in but Josh is able to cut him right back off and isolate him!

Tag back to Brutus, belly-to-belly suplex sends Jensen crashing to the floor! Rolling him back inside, tag to Julius, stalking, knee strikes into a top wristlock. Following it with a spinebuster, Brutus legal again, slam puts him into Brooks, the heat segment rolls on!

Jensen puts Julius into the ropes, tags made, Briggs lights Brutus up with strikes! Side slam into a big splash on Julius! Chokeslam on Brutus, cover... JULIUS BREAKS IT UP! Brooks and Julius brawl, Jensen put into the barricade, Josh with an O’Connor roll but Julius is legal again, suplex into a backbreaker rack slam...

Creed Brothers win by pinfall with a falling lariat from Julius Creed on Josh Briggs.

We get a vignette for Dante Chen where he explains he’s been out of action with a leg injury and mourning the recent loss of his father, but as of today, he’s back and ready to compete, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, WALTER addresses Imperium in the locker room, congratulating them on their success in his absence.

They say they work harder than anyone else, and WALTER says today is the day they start their mission and make everyone in WWE understand what Imperium stands for, and it starts with a victory over Roderick Strong tonight.

Dante Chen vs. Guru Raaj

Raaj in control early with a reverse chinlock, Chen shoots him off, drop down, drop down, pass Guru to the floor and Dante hits a plancha on him! An angry Duke Hudson interrupts and attacks Raaj...

Dante Chen wins by disqualification, presumably, although no finish is announced and it could just as easily be a no-contest given the post-match.

Duke goes on to attack Chen as well and lays him out!

We see Joe Gacy and Harland hanging out backstage, and Gacy says he’s not mad they’re not in the Dusty Classic, he’s just disappointed, and this is a time for growth and development.

Odyssey Jones appears to tell them they’re full of crap, and Joe asks him how he’s doing after his unfortunate accident. Jones says it’s a training injury, a sprain, and he should be back in a few weeks. Joe wishes him a speedy recovery and opens the door for him.

Gacy leaves but Harland hangs back and looks meaningfully at the door Jones’ walked through.

Tony D’Angelo is walking backstage to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Bron Breakker is interviewed.

He says he’s ready to have the responsibilities of being NXT Champion and acknowledges that Santos Escobar is gunning for him. Elektra Lopez rolls up and he tells her to save it, he’s not interested in whatever she’s here for.

Santos Escobar rolls up and says he may be champion but he’s not ready to carry the brand on his shoulder, and NXT 2.0 is gonna look a lot better with the title around his waist. Bron threatens to kick his ass right now but Santos says things are done on his time and walks off.

Tony D’Angelo is in the ring with a casket for Pete Dunne’s “funeral.”

He gets on the mic and does the “dearly beloved” bit, and expalins this is a closed-casket service and nobody wants to see Pete after he broke a crowbar across his thick skull. But we can’t mourn forever, and he’s on to bigger, better, and more important things, and he’s got his eyes on the North American Championship.

Enter Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams.

Williams says he thought they were boys, and D’Angelo says they might be teammates but he’s got his own boys, and it’s nothing personal, it’s just business. Trick says he knows his boys, they’re all skinny and they look like Vic Joseph. Carmelo says you want to talk about business, the title is his business and you best keep his name out of your mouth.

Enter Cameron Grimes.

He tells Tony he’ll have to wait at the back of the line, and as for Melo, last week he walked up to him like a man, looked him dead in the eyes, and told him that he was coming for the title, but he hasn’t heard anything back from him. Hayes tells the two of them to have a match and maybe the winner gets a shot at his title, maybe.

Grimes says he doesn’t have a problem with that, because he’ll fight all of ‘em, and you’re looking at 220 pound rocket going to the— D’Angelo attacks but Cameron is faster and smashes the funeral portrait of Pete Dunne over Tony’s head!

Briggs and Jensen are backstage, and Josh Briggs gives Brooks a pep talk in the aftermath of their loss.

Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter roll up to tell them not to worry about it because they’re going out for drinks. Wendy Choo materializes on top of the lockers to tell Kayden that Brooks likes her, and he sputters awkwardly with his schoolboy crush as we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a video package for Yulisa Leon and Valentina Feroz where they talk up their backgrounds and shared goal of winning the women’s tag titles.

They’re interviewed backstage about the idea of being in the Dusty and they are very excited.

Dakota Kai rolls up to laugh at them and warn them about how success breaks friendships. Dakota challenges the tall one to a match.

Ivy Nile vs. Kay Lee Ray

Collar and elbow, stalemate, Ray with a go-behind, Nile breaks with an elbow, O’Connor roll, pull her through into a top wristlock! Suplexing KLR, running dropkick, enzuigiri, only good for two! Arm-trap headscissors, rolling Kay through but she handstands her way out of it!

Lariats follow, gourdbuster, superkick on the button, Gory Special attempt, Ivy slips out, Mandy Rose runs interference, KLR takes a swing and goes back to Nile, KLR Bomb almost on, Nile reverses...

Ivy Nile wins by pinfall.

Post-match, Rose attacks Kay Lee Ray and they brawl in the ring! Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayen join the fray but Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta make the save and eventually run the heels off!

In the trainer’s room, Odyssey Jones is screaming agony while Harland paces above him. Joe Gacy collects him and we go to break.

Back from commercial we get a vignette for Sarray where she says her first year in WWE wasn’t what she wanted but she went back to Japan and recharged and found a necklace her grandma gave her and found the strength to continue.

Edris Enofe & Malik Blade vs. Legado del Fantasma (Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza) (Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Quarterfinal Match)

Enofe and Blade in control on Wilde early, Mendoza tags in and they enforce the splits on Edris for two! Whip across, Enofe sidesteps the charge, Raul clibs him from behind, knee lift, front chancery, float over a suplex, tag to Malik! Right hands, heel kick, Santos Escobar trips him up from ringside and referee Darryl Sharma throws him out!

Bron Breakker comes down to haul Santos off bodily! Blade from behind...

Edris Enofe & Malik Blade win by pinfall with an O’Connor roll from Blade on Raul Mendoza.

We go backstage with Roderick Strong warming up and Malcolm Bivens talking up the Diamond Mine’s success, claiming they’re going three for three because Roddy is going to wipe the mat with WALTER. The mat isn’t sacred, it’s a revenue generator so they can get paid and move on up to that deluxe apartment in the sky.

WALTER is big and strong and has won lots of matches, but tonight, the ring belongs to Diamond Mine.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Solo Sikoa cuts a promo with half of his face bandaged.

If Boa wants to break out his ancestral powers, he’s not the only one who can call on his past. Solo takes the bandage off, revealing severe burns, and says next week they’ll go to war.

Dakota Kai vs. Yulisa Leon

Leon with a big waistlock takedown, front chancery, keeping control of Kai, into a sunset flip for two! Charging in, Dakota puts her into the turnbuckles and beats her down! Choking Yulisa in the ropes, in the corner, hard whip and a boot but Leon kicks out! Yulisa with forearms, Kai drops her with a pump kick that sends her to the floor!

Valentina Feroz gets involved and hypes Leon up, back inside, big lariat, snap Karelin lift, bridging fallaway slam... NOPE! Kai charges in...

Dakota Kai wins by pinfall with the corner big boot.

Post-match, Kai attacks Feroz but Leon saves her from eating the big boot!

Raquel Gonzalez is interviewed backstage.

She says everyone expects her to make a big ordeal of how Mandy Rose needed Dakota Kai to win the title in the first place and she wasn’t pinned in the three-way, but she doesn’t make excuses. She’s still coming for the title—

Cora Jade rolls up and says so is she, but surely Gonzalez would like to be a two-time Dusty Classic winner and win the tag titles from Toxic Attraction. Raquel says she likes her but don’t get in her way again, thanks but no thanks.

She walks off and Jade says she’ll convince her.

WALTER makes his entrance to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Edris Enofe and Malik Blade talk up their victory when Bron Breakker rolls up to congratulate them and wish them luck in the rest of the tournament.

Commentary hypes up next week’s card.

Roderick Strong vs. WALTER

Circling, collar and elbow, WALTER with a side headlock and he throws Strong aside! Roddy goes for a leg pick, the Ring General reverses, and Strong breaks for the ropes! Back to circling, arm wringer, kneeling wristlock leads to a stalemate! Roddy with a side headlock, shot off, up and over blocked but Strong slips out and they trade chops!

WALTER drops Roddy with a single chop and stomps his chest in! Forearm for boot, the Ring General firmly in control, he drags Bivens to the apron but Strong is able to target his knee and take him out! WALTER sidesteps a dropkick and slams Roddy into the apron to send us to break!

Back from commercial, trading knees, Strong with some boots in the corner, missile dropkick sends WALTER sprawling! Charging forearm follows, big chop in the corner, more forearms and chops, Olympic Slam blocked and reversed into a sleeper hold! Roddy struggling, bending WALTER’s fingers back to break his grip and falling down into an upkick!

Off the ropes, building momentum, charging forearms, but the Ring General drops him with a single punch! Up in the turnbuckles, jockeying for position... STRONG HITS A SUPERPLEX! Slugging it out, chops, shoulder blocks, leapfrog... SICK KICK! Cover... NOT ENOUGH!

Leg pick blocked, WALTER clubs him down! Drawing Roddy up, powerbomb reversed, underhooks, Gibson Driver blocked, the Ring General rams him into the corner and back body drops him! Powerbomb, cover...

WALTER wins by pinfall with a powerbomb.

Post-match, WALTER gets on the mic and cuts off the ring announcer and says that... Gunther... won the match?

Imperium attacks and the Creed Brothers make the save, leading us to go off the air to a brawl.

That’s the show, folks.

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