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WWE NXT results, live blog (Mar. 21, 2023): Women’s title qualifiers

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: Ilja Dragunov & JD McDonagh renew their long rivalry, and more build to April 1’s Stand & Deliver Premium Live Event where we’re still awaiting word on Roxanne Perez’s health as Indi Hartwell takes on Tiffany Stratton and Ivy Nile goes against Lyra Valkyria for spots in the Women’s title Ladder match, and North American champ Wes Lee still has to name his four challengers. Plus, Chase U debates Schism... 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 stars scream out and spew our names, told through the skies and hellacious waves, copied and calculated. We waited forever and now I remember, it’s time for me to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with a recap of the Johnny Gargano saga.

Pretty Deadly make their entrance and get on the mic.

They introduce themselves, reminding us that they’ll be hosting Stand & Deliver, and in their first official acts as host, they’re wiping last week’s footage from the archives, meaning you won’t be able to see those neckbeards Gallus beat them, nor Carmelo Hayes and Bron Breakker jumping them and putting them through a table.

Last week is history, today is a mystery, and they want to talk outfits for Stand & Deliver. They talk trash on Hayes and Breakker’s fashion sense—

Enter Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams.

Trick says they got their just desserts when they were put through a table last week, and Hayes says he was so dripped out he left puddles behind him. Elton Prince begs off and says Kit Wilson said Carmelo’s name, and Williams berates them for trying to be cute.

He says they’ll talk their talk, so Pretty Deadly should go walk their walk. Wilson asks if that’s an invitation to a match and soon enough a brawl breaks out! Bron Breakker runs down and makes the save right as Pretty Deadly take control of the situation, and press slams one over the ropes and into the other!

Bron helps Carmelo up and tells him he won’t let anything happen to him between now and Stand & Deliver.

We see Tiffany Stratton walking backstage and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams are walking backstage.

Hayes is upset about being stuck tagging with Bron Breakker in a relevos increibles tonight but Williams says he set up the match so that Melo could get up close and learn more about how Bron moves and how to beat him.

We get an update that Roxanne Perez is on the mend but we don’t know when she’ll be back.

Indi Hartwell vs. Tiffany Stratton (NXT Women’s Championship Qualifying Match)

Hartwell with a wristlock, Stratton explodes out of the corner with a lariat, straight suplex and a cover for two. Putting boots to Indi, whip blocked, Hartwell with forearms but Tiffany powers her into the corner and follows with a back handspring elbow into the corner!

Indi with a schoolboy for two, passing Stratton to the apron, to the floor and Tiffany lays her out to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Hartwell with some body blows to turn the tide, jawbreaker, off the ropes, Stratton hits a hip attack for two! Back and forth, Indi lands a back suplex and presses the attack, putting her in the ropes, nailing her with a kick for two!

Tiffany on the comeback, Finlay Roll, up top...

Tiffany Stratton wins by pinfall with the double jump moonsault, qualifying for the NXT Women’s Championship ladder match at Stand & Deliver.

We go to the bar with Gallus where they dominate the Creed Brothers in 8-Ball. Julius Creed says darts are more their game anyway, and proceeds to prove it, beating Gallus handily. The Creeds pitch a title match at Stand & Deliver as the real tiebreaker, and Gallus are game.

But when they leave the bar they run into the D’Angelo Family, who have business with them, and they want in on Stand & Deliver.

All six men head back into the bar.

We see Wes Lee walking backstage and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a Lyra Valkyria vignette of her training in an old abandoned building.

Gigi Dolin is interviewed backstage.

She says it’s too early to judge the field but she’s sorry not sorry about Jacy Jayne’s arm, and she can just sit at home and watch her as she climbs her way up just like she did last time she was in a ladder match.

Tiffany Strattor rolls up to tell her she has no chance in the title match and has another Tiffany Epiphany— she’s gonna win by climbing the ladder to the tippy top.

Wes Lee is in the ring, mic in hand.

He asks the crowd if they’ve been enjoying the open challenges, and they have. He says he’s constantly asked why he’s doing it this way, why does he keep rolling the dice? He doesn’t want to be a hypocrite. He won the title in his first shot at it and he knew he had to give it everything he had because he knew if he came up short he wouldn’t get another chance.

So he’s vowed to give people in the same position he was in a chance at it. Secondly, he looks deep within himself and he knows he has a chip on his shoulder. He has to prove to the whole world and the man in the mirror that he can and will compete against the best from around the world and deserves to be NXT North American Champion.

He says “Heartbreak Man” Shawn Michaels gave him four spots to compete against him at Stand & Deliver—

Enter Dragon Lee.

They exchange pleasantries and Lee says he came to NXT for the same reason as Wes, but to him right now, Lee is the best. But he loves the chaos and at Stand & Deliver he wants to be part of the five-way. Lee says this is what he loves, he’s been following Dragon’s career from Mexico to Japan and he thought it’d take longer but he’s impatient and Lee is in the match!

Enter JD McDonagh.

He says they’ve been running their mouths while he was getting ready and he tells them to take a seat and watch a master do his work as he dismembers Ilja Dragunov. Wes asks what his excuse is going to be after Ilja rips him apart, and JD says he should count himself lucky he’s not interested in the title, because he wouldn’t be standing here at all.

Ilja Dragunov makes his entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get NXT Anonymous footage of Zoey Stark talking Indi Hartwell backstage.

Fallon Henley confronts Kiana James about Sebastian and the planner and the card she found. James is all excuses and Henley says she’s gonna tell Brooks Jensen regardless of consequences because he’s family.

Ilja Dragunov vs. JD McDonagh

Dragon Lee is watching this one from ringside.

Trading forearms, shoulders from Dragunov but McDonagh nails him with a tornillo! JD chokes him, back and forth, ducking Ilja’s hardest strikes but eventually right hands leave both men down and out on the mat! Palm strikes, snap German suplex, Dragunov keeps the waistlock and hits a second!

Hanging in there, grounding McDonagh with the waistlock, JD comes back and slings him through the ropes hard and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Dragunov has JD’s leg locked down, McDonagh turns it around, Kawada kicks, Ilja gets a desperate enzuigiri and both men are down and out! Back on his feet, Dragunov with machine gun chops in the corner, pumphandle German suplex slam... NOPE!

McDonagh with German suplexes of his own, three in total, action spills to the floor, fighting in front of Dragon Lee, JD hits him with a cheap shot and a brawl breaks out...

The match goes to a no-contest, presumably.

Post-match, Wes Lee dives over the top into the brawl!

Backstage, Carmelo Hayes rolls up on Bron Breakker. Bron says he wants to fight the best Melo he can and he’s not gonna let two clowns screw it up, whether it’s Pretty Deadly or Trick Williams. Hayes asks what that means, Bron says Trick is always up to something, and Carmelo says they’re gonna take care of business tonight.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Wes Lee is interviewed.

He says Ilja and JD are never gonna be done fighting, so he’s putting both of them in the North American Championship match, which leaves one spot left.

Axiom rolls up and asks for it. Lee says he’s been close so many times and he wants to give everybody the shot, so there’s only one way to make it fair— he’s booking a battle royal next week! Axiom says that’s cool with him, all he wanted was a chance and now he has it.

Johnny Gargano makes his entrance, except he’s not Johnny Gargano, he’s Big Body Javi!

He mocks the crowd for thinking Johnny was coming out and says he’s been busting his ass for seven years, er, seven months. What’s he got that Javi doesn’t?! He’d take himself over Johnny Wrestling every week! How many Christmas records has he even sold?!

Gargano hits the ring and beats Javi up, throwing him over the barricade! He gets in the ring and on the mic and calls Grayson Waller out. He wants to make this personal, he’ll raise the stakes. He has a contract for a type of match he knows very, very, very well.

April 1, Stand & Deliver, Grayson Waller vs. Johnny Gargano in an unsanctioned match! No rules, anything goes, no one is liable for what he’ll do to Waller, and all he has to do is sign.

Waller appears on the tron.

He gets it, Johnny is upset, but does he really want to embarrass himself like that? But he’ll sign the contract, if Johnny swears that he’ll stay out of the building next week. Gargano agrees and gives the contract to Vic Joseph to give to Grayson next week.

Javier Bernal appears behind him and Johnny superkicks him for good measure!

We get a video package for Eddy Thorpe, better known as Karl Fredericks, who’ll be on the show next week.

Ivy Nile is interviewed backstage.

She says she really felt like Tatum Paxley was part of Diamond Mine, and her saying that they were never really a team hurt her. But tonight she has a big opportunity, if she can beat Lyra Valkyria, she’ll go to Stand & Deliver with a chance to become NXT Women’s Champion.

Ivy Nile makes her entrance and we go to break.

Ivy Nile vs. Lyra Valkyria (NXT Women’s Championship Qualifying Match)

Valkyria with mat grappling, bridging pin for two, goes for a single leg but Nile cuts her off with a front chancery, roll through, cover for two. Single leg, Lyra rolls out of it, single leg of her own into a toehold but Ivy reverses to a cross armbar.

Stomps to punctuate, Valkyria to her feet, chest kicks, escape a Dragon sleeper by stepping up the turnbuckles...

Lyra Valkyria wins by pinfall with a roundhouse kick, qualifying for the NXT Women’s Championship ladder match at Stand & Deliver.

Backstage, Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn attack Fallon Henley, Kiana James makes the save, and referees and road agents swarm to break it up!

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Wes Lee runs into an interview and says he won’t predict who will win the battle royal.

Jinder Mahal, Donovan Dijak, and Dabba-Kato all run into him to make their case as to why they’re gonna win the battle royal.

Chase U (Andre Chase, Duke Hudson, & Thea Hail) & Tyler Bate vs. the Schism (Ava Raine, Jagger Reid, Joe Gacy, & Rip Fowler) (The Great Debate)

Blake Howard hosts.

Rip and Duke are our first debaters.

Fowler is asked to talk about why the Schism’s teaching methods are superior at helping people feel included and rants about how Duke is going to regret passing on a chance to learn from Ava. Hudson issues a lackadaisical answer about how they make him feel included... somehow.

Raine and Hail are up next, on the topic of feeling safe. Ava says Chase U’s walls are false security and the Schisms’ invisible walls let them wander freely beyond. Thea rattles off a dictionary definition of safety and says the Schism claim safety but brainwash you into being unsafe, hazardous to the mind, body, and soul.

Gacy and Chase are put on the spot for preparation. Joe says their performance thus far shows that Chase U fails at preparation and demands the scores be tallied.

Tyler Bate steps up fourth and Jagger Reid describes his experience as four roots, one tree. Tyler says to excel in NXT it takes more than just physical prowess, it takes a big strong mind open to new ideas, and the Chase U experience is one of growth and constant evolution, and that’s something the Schism has never, and will never achieve.

Everyone cheers and Chase U propose an atomicos match at Stand & Deliver.

Gacy won’t have it, the Schism have beaten them in tags and singles and there’s nothing left to gain here. Duke Hudson offers up the school, winner gets control of Chase U. That’s enough for Joe to accept.

I guess Chase U win by acclaim?

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, we go back to the bar with the three tag teams.

They’ve made a mess of the place and are talking about getting a cleaning service.

Commentary hypes up the Stand & Deliver card.

Bron Breakker & Carmelo Hayes vs. Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince & Kit Wilson)

Wilson and Hayes to start, Pretty Deadly quickly overwhelming the A Champion, off the ropes, drop down, leapfrog, dropkick takes Kit’s head off and hip toss into an armbar grounds him! Carmelo gets away but runs into a flapjack and Prince tags in!

Bron hits the ring, Pretty Deadly decide to throw punches and get the worse of it as Breakker throws Melo at them! Fired up, Hayes offers a fist bump but Bron goes to shake it and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Wilson has Breakker grounded with a kneeling armbar. Shifting to a standing surfboard, Bron breaks his grip, shift to a front chancery, Hayes cuts Prince off, Breakker gets Kit to the corner and lands an elbow! Tags made, Melo up and over, punches aplenty, springboard uppercut!

Pump kick follows, dragging Wilson down the ropes, Arabian press suplex puts him into his own partner and gets two off of it! Thumb to the eye, deep cover from Elton, uppercuts, Carmelo crawls into the corner and gets worked over. Bron hungry for a tag as Kit takes it to the A Champion!

Short powerbomb gets a tight nearfall, big headbutt follows and Hayes gets a kick in! Rear chinlock applied, tag to Prince, putting boots to him but they can’t put Melo away! Sunset flip gets some separation, Elton nails him with a lariat for another nearfall!

Trading right hands, Hayes reaching for the tag, desperate, enzuigiri misses, kick into the corner, tags made! Bron lighting ‘em up, German suplexes, Breakker clears the path, Hayes off the top...

Bron Breakker & Carmelo Hayes win by pinfall with Nothin’ But Net from Hayes on Kit Wilson.

Post-match, Hayes gives Breakker his NXT Championship and Bron raises it high while they have a staredown.

That’s the show, folks.

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