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WWE NXT results, live blog (May 16, 2023): Women’s tournament continues

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: The tournament to crown a new Women’s champion at Battleground continues with Roxanne Perez vs. Jacy Jayne and Cora Jade vs. Fallon Henley! The Creeds will try to work there way closer to a Tag title shot when they tangle with The Dyad, while Noam Dar chats up Dragon Lee on a Super Nova Sessions that should lead to one heck of a future match. We sure hope no one gets mysteriously attacked this week!

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!


Withered hands, withered bodies, begging for salvation, deserted by the hand of gods of their own creation. Nations cry underneath decaying skies above, you are guilty, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with the intro video.

Cora Jade gets an inset promo talking about how she’s gonna win the NXT Women’s Championship, as does Fallon Henley.

Cora Jade vs. Fallon Henley (NXT Women’s Championship Tournament First Round Match)

Collar and elbow, struggling into the corner, side headlock, shot off, Henley with a big shoulder block and she follows it up with a mat slam and a leaping heel kick! Sliding to the floor, big forearm connects, back inside, boot up, big chop, straight suplex, cover for two!

Jade backing off into the corner, sidestep the charge, big knee lift to the back and one for her front as well, wrenching Fallon’s leg over the ropes and delivering a knee drop to the back of her knee, cover for one! Pressing the attack, Cora puts her in Heartbreak Man’s old modified figure four leglock, posting around, cover, only two!

Henley fighting back, chops and forearms, big spin-out uppercut, big lariat but Jade comes back with a Dragon sleeper, underhooks, Fallon fights out and lands a Shining Wizard but Cora rolls to the floor! Back inside, Jade catches her...

Cora Jade wins by pinfall with her DDT.

Post-match, Cora has a confrontation with her semifinals opponent Lyra Valkyria.

Backstage, Kiana James and Thea Hail bicker to set up a match.

Tyler Bate and Wes Lee are steaming in the locker room when the Dyad attack and put boots to them, only stopping when Joe Gacy rolls up in his sunglasses to tell them their charade of a friendship is based on lies.

And on that bombshell, we go to break.

Back from commercial, Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams roll up in a slick supercar and walk into the arena, telling Charlie Dempsey and Drew Gulak to get out of the way as they make their entrance.

Hayes gets on the mic and says he received Bron Breakker’s message and he’s well aware that this isn’t the same Bron from Stand and Deliver, but this isn’t the same Carmelo either. At NXT Battleground, they’re in his yard, and in his yard, we don’t bark, we bite.

So if Breakker is a big alpha dog he’ll come out here and face him like a real one.

Enter Charlie Dempsey and Drew Gulak.

Gulak says their childish sit-in has gone on too long, and they will not be disrespected. Dempsey says they stormed through the building like a couple of children and treated them like nothing right as they found out their tag match wasn’t happen.

Drew says their lifestyles aren’t at all similar and their flash happens in the ring. Hayes says the difference between them is the crowds chant Willy Wonka for them (because Charlie is wearing purple and looks a bit like Gene Wilder, you see) but Melo for him.

Trick proposes a tag match to solve both of their problems, Gulak makes a show of hemming and hawing before attacking Hayes and a brawl erupts! Melo dumps Drew out of the ring with a boot and the heels run away!

Ilja Dragunov interrupts Donovan Dijak during a vignette and tells him he cannot be broken, because he is unbesiegbar. Dijak acknowledges that he likes inflicting pain and Ilja likes receiving it and there’s not a man alive he can’t break. Dragunov invites him to try and boy howdy the sexual tension is thick in the air.

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

Back from commercial we get footage of Dani Palmer being attacked.

Creed Brothers (Brutus & Julius Creed) vs. the Dyad (Jagger Reid & Rip Fowler)

Fowler and Julius to start, test of strength, vigorous struggling, Creed with a monkey flip and Rip returns the favor for a stalemate! Big dropkick from Julius, whip reversed, up and over, off the ropes, duck a lariat, Creed tags out and Brutus comes in with a double axhandle!

Reid in, delayed vertical, tag back to Julius and he takes over mid-suplex and keeps Jagger up before hitting the suplex! They repeat the same act for Fowler, cover only gets two! Separating the Creeds, Reid with a Koji Clutch, Rip adds stomps as Julius fades, but he gets away as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Reid has a sleeper hold on Julius, seated senton cuts him off, forearm into the corner, snapmare and a knee to the back sets up a reverse chinlock. Suplex for separation, Fowler tags in and tries to cut Creed off but he tags his brother in!

Brutus with axhandles, clubbing blows, corner lariat into a marching fallaway slam... NOPE! Double pin attempt off a bridging northern lights suplex but it’s only good for two! Off the ropes, Brutus with a pounce, shrugging off strikes from Fowler!

Trading right hands, somehow we end up with stereo 450 splashes from Julius and Jagger as the match breaks down! Big knee gets a superkick, lariat from Creed, powerbomb reversed into a snap suplex! Ivy Nile takes Ava Raine out at ringside, Brutus with a Brutus Bomb on Rip, cartwheel DDT from Julius on Jagger...

Creed Brothers win by pinfall with the falling lariat from Julius Creed on Jagger Reid.

We see video of Tony D’Angelo and Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo dining at the Italian restaurant when Paulie calls and Stacks needs to go talk to him.

Tony’s proud of him for handling business and some cops roll up to ask him to come down to the station for investigation into some criminal acts he’s associated with, and he leaves with them under some protest.

Stacks returns and is upset about the situation.

Back at ringside, the Creeds get on a headset to officially challenge Gallus for Battleground.

We see Noam Dar walking backstage, smiling like a loon carrying his Heritage Cup, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we’re introduced to Noam Dar’s Supernova Sessions.

Dar introduces his guest, Dragon Lee.

He gets out an entry level Spanish workbook and makes an attempt but Lee tells him he speaks English better than he does. Dragon says it’s an honor to be here but Noam doesn’t give anyone respect. Lee’s family is all about respect and his dad started training him when he was 14 to respect his opponent.

Dar cuts him off and puts his bonafides over, mocking him for being a star in Mexico. Dragon says he loves Mexico’s spirit and passion, Noam tells him he’s never gonna get near the Heritage Cup, Lee tells him to put it on the line but Dar laughs it off.

Noam explains the rules to him and says he wouldn’t have a clue what to do and besides you can’t just ask for a title match, there’s procedures, protocols, and forms, and—

Enter Nathan Frazer, here to expose Dar as a massive fraud.

His hard-hitting home truth is it doesn’t matter all his rules, that cup isn’t an annual trophy it has to be defended and he doesn’t get to pick when to defend it. Dar plays like Dragon doesn’t speak English, Nathan says of course he does and tells him that we’d all love to see him wrestle for the Heritage Cup.

Lee pops up and says they’re gonna fight for the title at Battleground and Frazer says if Noam loses the title he can give Alicia Fox a call and see if she’ll take him back. Dar accepts the challenge and tells Frazer he’s gonna kick his ass in a non-title match next week.

We cut back to Dijak and Dragunov, where Donovan is just domming his poor little heart out but he can’t seem to break Ilja’s spirit, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Jacy Jayne is interviewed.

She says she’ll need better questions when she’s champion, and Roxanne Perez’s time has come and gone and she’s gonna move onto the semifinals where she wanted to fight Gigi Dolin, but she just proved that she’s a failure.

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams vs. Charlie Dempsey & Drew Gulak

Dempsey and Williams to start, bit of mat grappling, off the ropes, drop down, leapfrog, backslide but Trick kicks out and blasts him with elbows! Tags made, Hayes holding court with a springboard arm drag into an armbar, whip reversed, again, side headlock, shot off, drop down, leapfrog, sunset flip for two!

Drew with a double wristlock, into the corner, tag to Charlie. Back and forth, Dempsey with a half crab, reversed, arm wringer, tag to Trick. Gulak with a cheap shot, quick tags, working Williams over. Eventually Trick makes the tag, Melo in hot with elbows, duck a lariat, superkick sends Drew over for a tag.

Springboard forearm sends Dempsey flying, whip reversed into a pumphandle spinebuster, Gulak in, back suplex, land on his feet, tag to Williams, big lariat! Circling around, grabbing Charlie, uppercut, Cyclone Kill, tag to Hayes...

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams win by pinfall with Nothin’ But Net from Hayes on Charlie Dempsey.

Post-match, Carmelo calls Bron Breakker out.

Bron appears on the tron and asks Hayes how his ribs feel and says he’s gonna have to wait a little longer because he made a pit stop on his way to the arena, and we pull back to see him in the barber shop and nobody’s happy about it. He says he figured he’d go get a fresh cut before he finishes what he started last week.

Thea Hail rolls up to get Duke Hudson to come to ringside for her match and he’s confused at first before going along with it and following behind her to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Noam Dar runs into Lash Legend and Miss Jackson and asks Lash if she watched his show.

She says there’s all these talk shows but the only one she cares about is Lashing Out.

Kiana James vs. Thea Hail

Hail with a waistlock takedown early, running on James’ back, Kiana fires back a mat slam and goes for her bag but Thea grabs a rollup for two! Whip to the corner, up and over, arm drags from Hail, whip into the corner, big back body drop!

Thea dives on her, back inside, diving splash but nobody’s home! James grounding her with a waistlock, mat slam, stomp to the midsection! Thea back on her feet with charging elbows, snap suplex, springboard senton, back body drop puts her on the apron!

Hail up top, diving crossbody... NOPE! James catches her...

Kiana James wins by pinfall.

Tank Ledger and Hank Walker are backstage looking at Tank’s busted tooth when Brooks Jensen and Josh Briggs roll up.

Briggs says he likes the way they work and they should hang out later. Ledger tells Walker they need to be close like mashed potatoes and gravy and to do that, they should have a hoss fight and push each other to the limits in a bonding experience.

Hank is in and it’s official!

Wes Lee is interviewed in the trainer’s room while Tyler Bate gets checked on.

He says he’s gonna say what he has to say in the ring, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a Dabba-Kato promo where he puts the locker room on notice.

Backstage, Edris Enofe and Malik Blade and Axiom and Eddy Thorpe are hanging out talking about the vignette. Axiom says he enjoys the challenge of climbing mountains.

Wes Lee makes his entrance and gets on the mic.

He says he wanted to address everyone after his match with Tyler Bate against the Schism has been called off. He’s gotten better about controlling his anger, but attack him and his mans for no reason and you’re gonna piss him off.

Joe Gacy and his goon squad preach friendship and unity but they’re not friends, they’re sheep, and if Joe wanted a title shot all he had to do was ask. Gacy appears in the stage with Ava Raine and says he’s never been dishonest about what he wants. He’s said and he’ll openly say it now, he wants the North American Championship.

Ava says with every win he inches closer to being the greatest North American Champion in NXT history, but what does that make Joe when he takes the title from him. Gacy asks for a title shot and Ava tries to sow doubt in Wes about Tyler’s friendship.

Enter Tyler Bate.

He’s had enough of this high school name calling rubbish and he doesn’t know what Joe’s problem with him is, but he has a receipt coming, and if it comes at Battleground, so be it. Wes acts like Joe’s gonna have two matches in one night and Tyler stops him, saying they’re friends but he’d be lying if he said he didn’t want a title match.

Gacy tries to gloat about being right but Wes tells him to shut up. Lee turns to Bate and asks off-mic why he didn’t say something sooner, and Tyler apologizes for not saying something sooner and wants this to be strictly in the spirit of competition and not to come between their friendship.

Joe asks Lee how it’s going to be, and Wes says he’ll take the triple threat! He tells Bate he thought he could trust him as he leaves.

We get a Roxanne Perez video package and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Von Wagner is walking backstage with some woman when he runs into a dude who was picking on Robert Stone and shakes him against a ladder until he runs away.

Stone asks if he just stood up for him, and Von says Robert’s the only one who’s been there for him. Stone says he’s always seen the potential in him and asks if he’s ready to talk about the picture of him as a messed-up baby but Wagner’s not having it.

Jacy Jayne vs. Roxanne Perez (NXT Women’s Championship Tournament First Round Match)

Jayne backing her into the corner, Perez gets a schoolboy out of it for a nearfall and pastes her with a forearm after! Go-behind, whip across, wheelbarrow victory roll into a bridging pin, only two! La Casita, still just two, duck a lariat, Jacy with a shoulder block!

Kick to the spine, sunset flip, still no! Arm drag into an armbar, Roxanne rolls through into a pin and back into an armbar and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Jayne goes for a cannonball but Perez sidesteps and sends her crashing into the turnbuckles! Fired up, trading forearms, dropkick into a kip-up, suicide dive on the floor and Roxanne is running hot! Back inside, crossbody into a pump kick, side Russian legsweep... NOPE!

Jacy blocks a kick, knee to the midsection, shaking off Pop Rox, discus lariat... SO CLOSE! Alarm Clock in the ropes, Roxanne sidesteps Cyclone Kill...

Roxanne Perez wins by pinfall with Pop Rox.

Tiffany Stratton comes to ringside to square up with Roxanne over the championship.

Gigi Dolin attacks Jacy Jayne and they brawl around ringside!

Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams make their entrance and Hayes says they’ll stay here until they turn the lights off if they have to, and we go to break.

Back from commercial we return to Ilja Dragunov’s consensual torture at the hands of Donovan Dijak.

Dijak says he’d break any man and stands up, nightstick in hand. Ilja says he’s still standing, and Tall Don sneers at him.

Commentary hypes next week’s show up.

Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams are waiting and Bron Breakker shows up with an army of security in tow.

Bron says he didn’t bring them out here for him, he brought them out here to protect them from him, because if they weren’t here, there’d be no match at Battleground. They go back and forth and Hayes says Breakker has only himself to blame.

He thought he was untouchable until he got touched, and at Battleground he’s not taking Melo’s title. Bron says they fight for two different reasons, and the NXT Championship isn’t what interests him anymore. It’s destroying Hayes in front of his family and friends, leaving them crying about their hero.

Carmelo says they’re in this match together because they’re cut different but that’s all it is. Bron says he’s gonna make Melo realize he’s not Him, he’s nothing, and there’s nothing he can do about it.

Of course a brawl breaks out and security is less effective than tissue paper in keeping them apart. In the ring, Melo nails Bron with a kick to the gentleman’s area and they both end up down and out.

That’s the show, folks.

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