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WWE NXT results, live blog (Mar. 14, 2023): Johnny Gargano’s back

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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.

Advertised for tonight’s show from the WWE Performance Center: Johnny Gargano will speak on his Roadblock return as HBK’s proxy against Grayson Waller at Stand & Deliver, and Gallus defends their NXT Tag Team championship against Pretty Deadly. Plus, Apollo Crews takes on his former ally Dabba-Kato, North American champ Wes Lee is getting set for his latest open challenge, Chase U deals with the potential loss of one of their student body in Duke Hudson... 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!


A lack of anybody, just caught in the middle. The soul is sold, some they pay, some they want it. We’re caught in the middle, and it’s time for me to liveblog this here pro wrestlign show for you, folks.

The show opens with a recap of last week’s show, with a heavy focus on Roxanne Perez collapsing after the main event and getting driven away in an ambulance.

Johnny Gargano makes his entrance and gets on the mic.

He asks where he left off and a “welcome home” chant breaks out. He says it’s WrestleMania story and there’s lots of talk about finishing stories, and he’s back in NXT to finish his story. Fifteen months ago his story ended on a cliffhanger, and when he came back to Raw, it felt like a piece of him was missing.

The last time you saw him on NXT, he was face-down on the annouce desk with Grayson Waller standing tall over him, and he hates to say it but he kind of respects it. The last guy who took him out was Tommaso Ciampa, who went on to be one of the greatest NXT Champions of all time, and what has Waller done since taking Johnny out?

He had two chances and he failed.

Then what’d he do? He whined and complained and cried and blamed everyone but himself, and disrespected NXT itself. And no matter where Johnny goes, NXT will always be his home, and you don’t disrespect a man’s home.

Vic Joseph gets up from commentary with his phone and shows Gargano that Grayson is streaming live from Johnny’s house, and Johnny runs off to intercept him.

We see Wes Lee getting out of his car and Axiom rolls up, saying he’s not leaving Lee’s side until the open challenge goes off. Wes asks what he’s going to do, and Axiom says whatever Lee wants to do, and the champion wants to grab a bite to eat, so off they go.

Pretty Deadly make their entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get footage of Johnny Gargano getting in his car and driving home to intercept Grayson Waller.

Gallus (Mark Coffey & Wolfgang) (c) vs. Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince & Kit Wilson) (NXT Tag Team Championship)

Coffey and Prince to start, collar and elbow until things devolve into strikes, headlock from Mark, block the shoot-off, second try works but he lays Elton out with a shoulder block! Overhead arm drag, whip reversed, Coffey with an elbow in the corner and Prince bails to the floor!

Wolfgang gives chase, Elton back inside, Wilson tags in, sunset flip, no deal! Small package, same result, Kit putting boots to Wolfgang in the corner! Back body drop to the apron, shoulder thrust, slingshot blocked, Wolfgang throws him aside and tags Coffey back in! Double rolling leg snap on Wilson, huge catapult back body drop on Prince and the tag champs dump their challengers to the floor to send us to break!

Back from commercial, Coffey with an O’Connor roll on Wilson, cheap shot from Prince sets up a back suplex and then he tags in to put boots to Mark! Leg drop across the throat gets two, working the champion over, reverse chinlock applied, cover for two! Eventually Coffey gets away and tags Wolfgang in!

Wolfgang in hot with punches, big leg lariat, corner crossbody, big boot takes Wilson out on the apron, diving double axehandle to Prince! Bodyslam follows, off the ropes, freight train crossbody... NOPE! Big nearfall off a belt shot, tag to Kit, off the ropes, Wolfgang low-bridges Elton to the floor!

Mark off the ropes, big uppercut, tag to Wolfgang! Fireman’s carry...

Gallus win by pinfall with a Busaiku Knee / fireman’s carry flapjack combination on Kit Wilson to retain the NXT Tag Team Championship.

Josh Briggs, wearing a Ghillie suit for no good reason, is with Fallon Henley breaking into Kiana James’ office. She’s eager to pick the lock with a bobby pin but he points out the door is open and they go in. She finds a contract on the desk and it’s for a qualifying match for the NXT Women’s Championship, tonight.

They find Kiana’s planner and it reveals that she has a whole master plan about getting to the tag titles and there’s somebody named Sebastian she has dinner and drinks with. Briggs wants to think it’s a coworker and then they turn the page and find the card from the flowers, which is Sebastian thanking James for a wonderful date and night together.

We get a solemn voice-over from “Heartbreak Man” Shawn Michaels reading his tweets about setting up qualifying matches for a potential replacement NXT Women’s Champion.

Sol Ruca makes her entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a Dr. Warren Becker giving us updates on Roxanne Perez’s condition, saying essentially that all her tests have come back good but they’re not sure what made her collapse and they need to do further testing before giving her a clear date for further in-ring action.

Sol Ruca vs. Zoey Stark (NXT Women’s Championship Qualifying Match)

Ruca shoving Stark in the feeling out, whip across, back body drop, Zoey bails to the floor for a breather! Back inside, back and forth, Sol nails her with a lariat and Stark goes to the floor! Catching Ruca with a superkick, back inside, cover for two!

Putting boots to Sol in the corner, single knee facebreaker sets up a lariat for a nearfall and she follows it up with a cravate! Grinding Ruca down, knee lifts as she gets to her feet, she slings Zoey aside and they trade punches! Big powerslam, Stark kicks out!

To the floor, Sol hits an Orihara moonsault and throws Zoey back in the ring! Lining her up, springboard caught...

Zoey Stark wins by pinfall with her overrotated facebreaker, qualifying for the NXT Women’s Championship ladder match at Stand & Deliver.

We get a video package of a man talking about masks through a vocoder and it’s then revealed that it’s SCRYPTS again.

Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn make their entrance for a tag title #1 contender’s match, and we go to break.

Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn vs. Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley vs. Katana Chance & Kayden Carter (NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Match)

Paxley with an inside cradle on Chance, Dawn breaks it up, Katana sends her to the floor with a headscissors! Sunset flip on Tatum, shotgun dropkick, tag to Carter, cartwheel double knees! O’Connor roll, Kayden with a schoolboy on Dawn, double pin, only two! High stack folding press on Carter, into the corner, tag to Fyre and the European team are running hot!

Tatum slams Katana into Alba, cover for two, Nile in, throwing them around, Chance with a boot up, diving crossbody, Ivy rolls through and hosses her up but Fyre drops her with a superkick! Tag to Isla, short Meteora for a nearfall! Ivy wants a tag but Paxley drops off the apron and Dawn nails her with a dropkick!

Katana with a Codebreaker on Isla, tag to Kayden, Fyre breaks it up, Dawn takes Carter out with a roundhouse kick! Tatum kicks Ivy Nile in the ribs and throws her back inside, Isla with a lungblower...

Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn win by pinfall with a diving splash from Fyre on Ivy Nile, becoming #1 contenders for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship.

We see Ilja Dragunov walking backstage and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Tony D’Angelo and Stacks roll up to chat with Bron Breakker.

They offer to take Carmelo Hayes out for him and Bron gets excited about gangster movie stuff, the ol’ concrete overshoes and whatnot, and Tony says they were just thinking about the ol’ tire iron to the kneecap in the parking lot. Breakker has a little fun with them and then says he thinks he has control of the situation.

Tony turns and tells Stacks it’s time to go after the tag titles together.

Ilja Dragunov makes his entrance and gets on the mic.

He says his career in WWE has been lifechanging for himself, his son, and his wife. They’ve had opportunities that would never have happened, but with every success there’s a blemish. Every step he takes, JD McDonagh cuts his legs out from under him, and this could have been avoidable, but now he has no choice.

To keep his autonomy and continue his ascension in NXT, he needs to rid himself of McDonagh once and for all.

Enter JD McDonagh.

He says they’re two sides of the same coin, more alike than different. Ilja says he’s wrong and his obsession with him will eventually— JD screams at him and says it’s actually Dragunov who keeps pulling them together and tells him to look in the mirror, he can’t quit him.

Ilja says pain makes him feel alive and he chooses that life. JD says he’ll never ever get tired of thinking up new ways to make him suffer, and they’re destined to do this for a long time together. Dragunov promises that it’ll end next week and there’ll be nothing left of him besides a random pile of body parts and a smear of fluids spelling out an epitaph.

JD accepts the challenge, Ilja blocks a headbutt and brawls him into the turnbuckles before Cactus Clotheslining him to the floor! McDonagh gets the better of him on the floor and they brawl off into the crowd!

Pretty Deadly are interviewed backstage.

They say they don’t need Stand & Deliver, Stand & Deliver needs them, it’s Hollywood, darling! Why be on the show when they can be the show, and they decide they should host Stand & Deliver, or more like Snack & Delicious.

Wes Lee is walking backstage and finds himself caught up in the Ilja/JD brawl and we go to break on a Norman Smiley sighting.

Backstage, Tyler Bate is running Thea Hail through some yoga exercises while Duke Hudson scoffs in the background.

Andre Chase rolls up and Duke says he believes wins and losses matter, and Andre says he’s right, but Chase U is more than just buildings and books and desks, it’s a feeling, a place to learn and grow, and where he found a purpose in life and a place to belong, and he knows Hudson did too.

He used to just skate along, but now for the first time in his career, he actually cares. He tells Duke used to be happy to play poker and get his head shaved, so maybe Chase U’s done more for him than anything else in his entire life.

A masked Ava Raine comes by and puts her mask on a megaphone and leaves silently.

We get footage of Grayson Waller outside of Johnny Gargano’s house, telling him he’s gonna do him a favor and make sure the door’s locked.

We see the roster brawling over Wes Lee’s open challenge backstage.

They flood the stage as Wes makes his entrance and Axiom is a step ahead of the pack until SCRYPTS dives on him! JD McDonagh and Ilja Dragunov brawl through the ring and knock Wes down! Lee off the ropes... TOPE CON GIRO TAKES THE CROWD DOWN TO SIZE!

The brawl continues as we cut to the back.

Dragon Lee is interviewed backstage.

He says he’s been around the world but this is very exciting and he came here to be a great example of the spirit of lucha libre and he wants to show the world that he’s special.

We get a hype reel for Apollo Crews vs. Dabba-Kato and we go to break

Back from commercial, Jacy Jayne is interviewed, her arm in a sling.

She says Gigi Dolin did nothing last week and even on her best day she’s not 1/10 of what Jacy is. She scoffs at being beaten, writing it off as gossip and claiming that Dolin separated her shoulder as an intentional shortcut in the first minute of their match, and if she wants to consider that a victory, she’s even more pathetic than she thought.

Every second she’s away from this place, she’s gonna think of Gigi and what she did, and when she comes back, she’s gonna break her heart and her face again.

Apollo Crews vs. Dabba-Kato

Crews cuts Kato off in his entrance with a diving double axehandle, punches in the ramp, smashing his face into the barricade! Hammering away, Dabba gets a few licks in but Apollo won’t crumble! Kato puts him on the apron for a big chop to the abdomen, in the ring and we finally get a bell!

Apollo charges in and they tumble to the floor, axehandles to the back, big forearm to the jaw! Sidestep a charge and Dabba goes hard into the steel steps but quickly turns the tide and gets some breathing room as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Kato with a backbreaker hold, Crews out of it, looking for a slam, blocked, Dabba hoists him up, Canadian gutbuster! Off the ropes, hard forearm to the kidneys, choking Apollo, clubbing away! Big knee lift, northern lariat takes Crews out!

Off the ropes, leg drop, palming Crews’ face so hard he bends him backwards over the top turnbuckles! Enzuigiri from the apron, snapping Kato’s neck over the top rope! Back inside, series of pump kicks send him sprawling, Stinger Splash follows and then the Olympic Slam!

Crews up top, frog splash... NOT ENOUGH! Action to the floor, Kato chokebombs him into the steel steps! Apollo barely beats the count! A second chokebomb follows...

Dabba-Kato wins by pinfall with a chokebomb.

We get NXT Anonymous footage of “Heartbreak Man” Shawn Michaels chastising Wes Lee for his open challenges causing so much chaos. Lee insists he has to prove himself even more, and at Stand & Deliver he wants ten of the best. HBM says he can’t give him ten, but he’ll meet him halfway with a five-way match, four guys of Lee’s choosing.

Wes accepts the offer and they embrace.

Kiana James and Brooks Jensen are backstage trying to get in contact with Fallon Henley and Josh Briggs and failing. Jensen offers to accompany her for her match but she says she has to go it alone and we go to break.

Gigi Dolin vs. Kiana James (NXT Women’s Championship Qualifying Match)

Feeling out, Dolin with a snapmare, off the ropes, James ducks a kick, schoolboy for two. Cravate knee, off the ropes, Penalty Kick connects this time but it’s only good for two! Sidestep a boot in the corner, back handspring into a shoulder block, Kiana running hot and she follows it with a neckbreaker for two.

Dolin with an STO for two, James fires back with an O’Connor roll, on the kickout Gigi catches her...

Gigi Dolin wins by pinfall with a Cobra Twist slam, qualifying for the NXT Women’s Championship ladder match at Stand & Deliver.

Post-match, Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn jump Kiana and put boots to her until Brooks Jensen makes the save!

Finally we see Johnny Gargano drive up to his house and get blindsided in the yard by Grayson Waller! They brawl on his lawn and he throws Grayson into some brush! Waller throws a handful of dirt in Johnny’s face and shoves him down before grabbing a trash can.

Johnny kicks the can out of his hands and clobbers him before throwing the trash can at him! Fighting up the steps to the door, Gargano raining punches down and Candice LeRae opens the door holding Baby Wrestling. This provides enough of a distraction that Grayson comes back with punches, but Johnny wakes up andm smashes him into the wall a few times!

Grayson pulls him face-first into his own house and grabs a rake, smashing Gargano in the gut with it! Jawing at him, he breaks the rake over Johnny’s back while Candice tells him to leave! He pulls Johnny up by the wrists... SURFBOARD STOMP!

Waller mocks Gargano and leaves, as LeRae and the baby check on Johnny.

We see Carmelo Hayes and Bron Breakker walking separately backstage and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Brooks Jensen is attending to Kiana James when Fallon Henley and Josh Briggs roll up.

Brooks is upset that Josh saw the bear movie without him and Josh goes with it. Fallon is upset she wasn’t even told that Kiana had a qualifier tonight and Henley is further confused by the fact that they have #1 contender’s now, and she and Kiana bicker.

Carmelo Hayes, flanked by Trick Williams, makes his entrance for our main event contract signing.

Bron Breakker’s entrance follows.

They talk about not having anybody to moderate the signing and Hayes wants to get it over with and sign the contract—

Enter Pretty Deadly.

In their official capacity as hosts of Stand & Deliver, it only makes sense that they should host this contract signing.

Carmelo says he meant no disrespect when he said he wanted to get this over with so we can have a new champion, and he really respects everything Bron has done, but Stand & Deliver will be a changing of the guard, and he’s gonna take the NXT Championship further than he can.

Respectfully, at Stand & Deliver, Breakker’s gonna come in second. Bron disagrees but says that he respects Carmelo making the North American Championship into what he thought was the A Championship because he wasn’t ready for the real championship, and he wants to face the guy who beat Ricochet and Apollo Crews and knows deep down that he’s ready.

Melo don’t miss is pretty fitting, because on April 1 there’s gonna be a first for everything. Carmelo says he doesn’t want Bron with anger issues or the fisherman or smiling on all the posters, he wants the guy who ran through walls, won WarGames, and made Tomasso Ciampa tap out, and that’s gonna make it even better when he takes the title from him.

He says it because it’s true, Hayes is HIM. Bron believes him, but tells him he’s gotta show him that it’s not just something to put on a t-shirt or to further his character, and if he does they’ll both get everything they want out of this. They trade compliments some more and finally sign the contract and shake hands.

They go to leave but Pretty Deadly say they can’t just leave without giving the people some drama. So Bron and Melo take their shirts off, square up... AND BACK SUPLEX PRETTY DEADLY THROUGH THE TABLE!

That’s the show, folks.

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