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WWE NXT results, live blog (April 18, 2023): Two title matches

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: NXT champion Carmelo Hayes will face-off with his Spring Breakin’ challenger when he appears on “The Grayson Waller Effect”. Titles will be on the line when North American champ Wes Lee faces Charlie Dempsey, and Tag kings Gallus have a Triple Threat with The Creeds & The Dyad. Plus, Cora Jade tangles with Gigi Dolin in her first match in a while, Noam Dar is in action for the first time since he returned with the Heritage Cup a couple weeks back, Roxanne Perez takes on Zoey Stark, and a whole lot 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!


I been up, I been down, take my word, my way around. I ain’t askin’ for much, I said lord, take me downtown, I’m just lookin’ to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you folks.

The show opens with a recap of last week’s #1 contender’s match.

In the arena, a brawl has broken out between the participants of our three-way tag title match and referees are having a hard time getting them separated so the match can start.

Creed Brothers (Brutus & Julius Creed) vs. Gallus (Mark Coffey & Wolfgang) (c) vs. the Dyad (Jagger Reid & Rip Fowler) (NXT Tag Team Championship)

Wolfgang, Fowler, and Julius to start, trading forearms three ways, missile dropkick from Creed gets a tag to his brother and they run double-teams and hold court for a moment. Gallus tag the double-team baton from them, Wolfgang with a big freight train crossbody for two on Creed!

Coffey putting boots to them, Julius tags back in, belly-to-belly suplexes for everybody! Mark gets Jagger up in the turnbuckles, jockeying for position, Julius charges in, Reid underneath him and Creed hits a beautiful picture perfect moonsault press! Doctor Bomb almost wins it but Rip breaks it up!

The match breaks down, everybody down, Jagger falls into a cover... COFFEY KICKS OUT! Big monkey flip, Julius lands on his feet, dropkick, taking Reid into the corner and beating him down but Coffey slams him out of the corner! Big dropkick, nearfall for two and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Julius lands a dropkick and crawls over for the tag, tags made! Brutus in heavy with chops, big lariat takes Wolfgang down and the straps are down! Stacking them up, clubbing blows ahoy, O’Connor Roll and a northern lights for a two-for-one but Mark Coffey breaks it up!

Fireman’s carry, the Dyad trip Coffey up, Julius pulls Wolfgang out of the ring and slams him into the steel steps! The Dyad put Mark into the steel steps and the two challengers start brawling in the ring! Double pumphandle slam but Brutus rolls away! Julis with elbows and punches, fighting valiantly two-on-one, double suplex into a kip-up!

Ava Raine with a cheap shot, Dyad looking for a Doomsday Device but Brutus cuts Jagger off and gets up top... BRUTUS BOMB DEVICE TAKES FOWLER OUT! Julius distracted checking on Ivy Nile, Gallus regain control...

Gallus win by pinfall with the Boot o’ Doom on Brutus Creed to retain the NXT Tag Team Championship.

We see Donovan Dijak roll up to the arena and get angry at an interviewer when Apollo Crews rolls up to tell him off for taking a swat at them. They go back and forth and Dijak challenges him to a match tonight.

We get a hype reel for Noam Dar and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Nathan Frazer hosts a John Oliver-style talk show entitled Hard Hitting Home Truths.

He talks about how his injury has left him with something missing and it’d be easy to get sad about it but last week he came to a realization that applies to anyone on the roster who’s lost a match or two. It’s a locker room full of studs and studettes, and if you fail for three seconds against a world-class athlete, it’s okay.

Don’t bitch, don’t moan, don’t complain, just look inward, and he realized he’ll never be depressed if he simply never shows down, so he’s gonna practice what he preaches.

Myles Borne vs. Noam Dar

Borne giving Dar a fight early on, body blows in the corner, whip blocked, Dar with an elbow to the neck and overhead elbows in the corner! Myles with more body blows, Noam with kick combinations, a boot to the face...

Noam Dar wins by pinfall with a running enzuigiri.

Roxanne Perez cuts a promo on Zoey Stark, telling her her actions make her the weakest of them all, and tonight, she’ll find out character beats talent any time. And she knows Tiffany Stratton is listening, and if she has to go through her to get her title back, that’s what she’ll do.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Josh Briggs is having a chat with Kiana James.

She doesn’t like him but she hears him out, and he wants her to get Brooks Jensen to talk to him. He begs, reminding her he helped Fallon stick together with her in their team, and his relationship with Brooks can’t end like this. Kiana tells him to talk to him himself, and Jensen walks through the door.

James has given him a thorough makeover, and he asks Briggs to leave. Josh begs him to come have a cold one and talk it out, and Jensen says they’re not family and he’s tired of being treated like a kid. Briggs says he always felt he was like a brother and he doesn’t know who he’s talking to.

Brooks tells him to leave.

Odyssey Jones gets in the ring for a match and Bron Breakker spears him out of nowhere!

Bron gets on the mic and starts talking trash about fat rednecks and says he had to come out here and put a stop too the pathetic Chase U awards ceremony where everybody gets a trophy. They’re all clowns, and if you wanna be clowns, join the circus because it’s not happening on his time.

Odyssey Jones felt it, Carmelo Hayes felt it, and Andre Chase felt it, and he’s coming for—

Enter Duke Hudson.

He tells Breakker to keep Andre’s name out of his damn mouth. Last week he made a big mistake ruining his ceremony, and not only that, he threw it down, and why? Because he lost the NXT Championship? Because he’s sad? No one puts down Chase U and gets away with it, not even the unstoppable Bron, so he’s challenging him to a match.

Breakker reminds him that he bailed with his trophy and ran away last week. Take all the time you need, because at Spring Breakin’— Duke interrupts and says he wasn’t done talking and demands Bron look at him. Next week it’ll be a battle of the giants when Bron goes against the man himself, the legend, the beacon of hope, the beating heart of Chase University, Andre Chase!

And he’s gonna give him a Chase U-sized ass-whooping!

Bron tells Andre to enjoy these last seven days he has to breathe, because he’s gonna spear his little ass in half and end Chase U.

Cora Jade is interviewed backstage.

She says she was being nice last week, and the only thing she regrets is Lyra Valkyria interrupted her before she could finish running down the roster.

Gigi Dolin rolls up and says Cora’s displacing her anger, but her big Instagram-famous ass is gonna kick hers tonight.

Roxanne Perez makes her entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Pretty Deadly are interviewed.

The say the only way to get through the D’Angelo Family is to speak their language, and Kitty has a bad time recounting his being kidnapped by the alleged babyfaces here. They’ll happily hand out another beating and play by their rules, anything goes, next week.

Roxanne Perez vs. Zoey Stark

Stark with power out the gates, Perez outthinking her, arm drags, cover for two! Roxanne working a side headlock, reversed to a headscissors, reversed right back! Zoey powers up, elbow to the kidneys and a shinbreaker attempt but Perez floats over, schoolboy for a nearfall!

Shoulder block, headlock takeover stepping up the turnbuckles, shot off, shoulder blocks, Stark shrugging her off, sunset flip for two! Back roll headscissors and Zoey cracks off a kick to the ribs! Big satellite headscissors sends Stark to the floor, Perez dives, gets caught, and gets Lawn Darted into the apron to send us to break!

Back from commercial, Stark breaks an octopus and throws Perez into the turnbuckles! Catapult follows, cravate applied to ground her, Roxanne gets away, Lou Thesz Press blocked, catapult, off the second, Lou Thesz Press into mounted punches! Shotgun dropkick sends Zoey to the floor, Perez off the ropes with the suicide dive and this time it lands true!

Side Russian legsweep gets a half nelson suplex and neither woman can get it done! Z360 reversed into a victory roll, superkick follows it up, Perez up and over...

Roxanne Perez wins by pinfall with Pop Rox.

Post-match, Indi Hartwell makes her entrance.

She says she wanted to say to Roxanne’s face that she wouldn’t be standing here if it weren’t for her, and she wouldn’t be much of a champion if she didn’t return the favor for somebody who didn’t lose her title in the first place, and offers her a match next week.

Perez says they’re friends in and out of the ring, but for that title, it’s every woman for herself, and she’s on.

Enter Tiffany Stratton.

She is confused as to why everything is not about her and says Indi’s title reign is pure dumb luck. She keeps jawing and Indi snaps and makes it a three-way!

Grayson Waller is interviewed backstage.

He puts on an American accent and says the match against Johnny Gargano was unsanctioned and that means it didn’t happen, and he’s gonna have Carmelo Hayes on the Grayson Waller Effect tonight and tell him to his face that he’s taking his title from him.

We get footage from last week of Von Wagner begging Robert Stone for one last chance to open up to him. Stone doesn’t believe him, but Von starts talking about WWE being in his blood and his dad being a Beverly Brother. Robert says that’s a good start and they go off together.

Gigi Dolin makes her entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get an Axiom promo where he looks in a mirror and talks about how Axiom is his identity, but SCRYPTS distorts his voice to obscure his identity and sow fear, and when he beats him, he’ll unmask him and reveal him to the world.

We get another Sol Ruca TikTok, featuring Tank Ledger being congratulated on his debut.

Cora Jade vs. Gigi Dolin

Collar and elbow, waistlock, half nelson, snapmare, reverse chinlock applied but Jade grabs a handful of hair to get out. Wristlock, roll and bridge to reverse, big forearm in the corner, arm drag, Penalty Kick, cover for two! Bronco Buster follows, pulling her into the middle of the ring, jackknife pin for two!

Upkick from Cora, running back elbow, springboard stomp... GIGI GETS A HAND ON THE ROPES! Jade drags her up, smashes her face into the mat and follows it with a Japanese stranglehold! Gigi reverses and punctuates it with a lungblower! Forearms into the ropes, whip across, big boot is sloppy but does the deal!

Another boot, arm wringer, roundhouse kick for a glancing blow and Cora blasts her with a forearm! Catch the knee in the ropes, Jade shifts, sunset flip, Jacy Jayne runs in but her interference goes nowhere and Gigi slams her into the ring! Knocking her to the floor, throwing her into the steps, Kawada kicks follow as the referee counts!

Throwing Jacy over the announce desk, Gigi breaks the count and Jade blasts her with a rising knee and follows it up...

Cora Jade wins by pinfall with a DDT.

Post-match, Jade gets on the mic to crow about another victory—

Enter Lyra Valkyria in a cloud of smoke.

She says the time for talking is over, and next week Cora’s claim to be the savior of the division will be tested when they engage in battle.

Eddy Thorpe is interviewed backstage.

He says he traveled all around the world to test himself, focusing on enhancing his skillset so he’d be ready for this opportunity when it happened. People have stereotypical images of Native Americans, but he’s here to succeed.

Damon Kemp rolls up slow-clapping and congratulates him on the speech. Eddy says it wasn’t a speech, and Kemp says he was very impressed and tells him to keep up the good work, because he might have something.

Donovan Dijak makes his entrance to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Josh Briggs is at Fallon Henley’s bar, being sad about his buddy.

Kiana James and Brooks Jensen roll up, arm in arm. They’re not here to drink and Briggs tells Brooks he musn’t have meant everything he said, but Jensen says he meant everything and he’s clearly the star of the show. Josh tells him to run around with his cheating girlfriend but he’s not gonna sit here and take the trash talk.

They’re here to challenge them to a mixed tag and Josh says he’s ready to hand out an ass-beating.

Apollo Crews vs. Donovan Dijak

Dijak side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, headlock takeover from Apollo, grounding Tall Don. Off the ropes, drop down, dropkick, kip up, fired up, duck a lariat, German suplex, hanging onto the waistlock, rolling into a second and a third, cover... NOPE!

Donovan blasts Apollo off the apron and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Crews snaps Dijak’s neck over the top rope, back inside with a diving lariat, standing lariats, whip across, leaping lariat, kip-up! Diving blockbuster, cover... NOPE! Pump kick blocks a discus lariat, suplex but Don lands on his feet! Off the ropes, Apollo runs right into Cyclone Kill... NOT ENOUGH!

Dijak with a goozle... CREWS KICKS OUT OF THE CHOKESLAM! Up in the corner, Dijak with the backbreaker rack...

Donovan Dijak wins by pinfall with Feast Your Eyes.

Post-match, Ilja Dragunov runs in and sends Dijak backing with a boot and a headbutt before referees and security swarm to keep them apart!

Jacy Jayne is interviewed on her way out of the building.

She says she’s going to make Gigi Dolin’s life hell and she left her little brother with her drug-addict mother and that makes her incredibly selfish. Jayne says when she’s done with her, she’ll run away from NXT just like she ran away from her family.

Charlie Dempsey vs. Wes Lee (c) (NXT North American Championship)

Dempsey with a cheap shot before the bell and strikes after, knocking Lee down for a cover for two! Wes stops himself in the ropes, big sunset flip, upkick, tijeras, dropkick and Charlie rolls to the floor! Lee with a tope con giro and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Dempsey working a heel hook and throwing the champion aside. Drawing him up, arm wringer, working the arm, going forearm for punch, Lee fired up to turn things around! Sidestep the charge, dragon screw cuts the champion off, Dempsey with a butterfly suplex!

Bridging German suplex, passing him into the corner, clubbing elbows, another German but Wes lands on his feet! Boot up in the corner, another kick, step-up enzuigiri, rising uppercut sends Drew Gulak packing...

Wes Lee wins by pinfall with the Cardiac Kick, retaining the NXT North American Championship.

Post-match, Gulak attacks and puts boots to Lee! Dempsey helps his mentor beat the champion down!

The D’Angelo Family are hanging at an Italian restaurant talking about the wrongs Pretty Deadly have done to them. Stacks wants to take them down to the docks and break a hand or two, but Tony wants to do like they did to Tony Montgomery, and they’re very quickly on the same page.

The gloves come off, and next week it’ll but the first-ever trunk match, and when they’re done stuffing them in, they’ll take them for a nice long ride.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial we get a vignette of a big man throwing heavy things in a field, and we’re informed he’s Oba Femi and he’ll debut next week.

Commentary hypes up next week’s show.

Grayson Waller is in the ring for the Grayson Waller Effect and Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams join him.

Grayson says he usually dislikes his guests but everybody loves Carmelo Hayes and he wants to talk business about their title match. Hayes says it’s all good and he has to give Waller credit for bouncing back from the losses he’s taken. Melo says he’s more decorated than a Christmas tree and he stays winning.

Waller says the difference between them is that he’s become as big a star without a title as Carmelo has with one, and that says a lot. Grayson won’t let him rebut and takes questions from the chat. The first asks what does “I am HIM” mean, and Trick explains by telling him just to look at Twitter and title matches.

Grayson changes tactics and gives Trick all the credit for Melo’s success. Williams gets hot but Carmelo tells him to calm down because they knew this was what Grayson was gonna do and they’re not gonna let him get to them. Hayes says Waller has stolen every opportunity he’s ever gotten.

Carmelo continues, saying Grayson might not be built for the championship lifestyle and asks for Waller’s accomplishments to be listed on the tron except wait oops he doesn’t have any. Grayson says he was in the real main event at Stand & Deliver, and Melo says six out of ten is more points than any girl Waller’s ever been with.

Waller tells Hayes to get involved with MVP and he should carry Omos’ bags, and Carmelo tells him to go be in the PRIME mascot suit for Logan Paul. Waller says he’s gonna do a golden shoe over Hayes’ prone body, and Melo says he’ll put his shoes in the power lines, “and still.”

They square up.

That’s the show, folks.

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