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WWE NXT Heatwave results, live blog (Aug. 22, 2023): Carmelo Hayes vs. Wes Lee

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 — a special Heatwave edition — from the WWE Performance Center: Carmelo Hayes defends the NXT championship against Wes Lee, Dirty Dom Mysterio & Rhea Ripley take on Dragon Lee & Lyra Valyria in mixed tag action, Ilja Dragunov & Trick Williams do battle, Ava makes her television singles debut against Ivy Nile, the real Heritage Cup will be on the line when Nathan Frazer takes on Noam Dar, Von Wagner & Baron Corbin clash... 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 feelings that I hide behind, sometimes reality’s unkind. The nightmares stalk for me at night, I dread the long and lonely nights, but rightn ow I’m just here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with a video package of Tony D’Angelo and Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo hanging out in the pool and talking about the card.

Ilja Dragunov vs. Trick Williams

Dragunov in hard with forearms and chops, Williams blocks a German suplex with elbows but eats a dropkick on the button! Trick gets a big dropkick that starts turning the tide, but Ilja clocks him with a big boot and follows it with a German suplex on the floor! Back inside, Dragunov lays stomps in and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Williams gets the better of him, trading forearms, Ilja with a big lariat but Trick lays him out with an enzuigiri and both men are down! Williams blasts him with a boot, Dragunov wants more and Trick is happy to give it to him! Big knee... SO CLOSE!

DDT counter from Ilja, spiking him with a second DDT, cover... STILL NO! Up top and jockeying for position... TRICK HITS AN AVALANCHE ROCK BOTTOM BUT DRAGUNOV WON’T STAY DOWN! Ilja with a suplex, looking for a powerbomb, Williams blocks the first try but it connects on the second and Dragunov follows with a falling sledge... NOT ENOUGH!

Up top...

Ilja Dragunov wins by pinfall with a diving forearm.

Tyler Bate is doing Tai Chi backstage when Nathan Frazer rolls up.

Bate says this is how he embraces pain and last week was brutal but this week is about Nathan showing the world he’s the real Heritage Cup Champion. Frazer says he could use a second tonight and Tyler offers to have his back. Nathan says he knows this is two favors and promises him the next shot at the cup.

Ivy Nile makes her entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Rhea Ripley and Dominik Mysterio are in the locker room chatting about how they’re gonna win tonight when Mustafa Ali rolls up.

He wishes them luck, saying “break a leg” and then saying he’d like Dom to actually break his leg so NXT can have a worthy North American Champion and— Mysterio says he doesn’t care about NXT, he just cares about making Rhea happy. Ripley tells Ali he has ten seconds to get out and he cracks that they’re probably used to only having ten seconds before exiting stage right even.

Ava Raine vs. Ivy Nile

Circling, Raine attacks Nile from behind when she gets distracted by the rest of the Schism! Scoop and a slam, another one, whip to the corner, body avalanche and a forearm set up a ribbreaker... NOPE! A little back and forth, Ivy catches her and don’t you know it...

Ivy Nile wins by submission with her Compassionate Release.

Post-match, Ivy puts the hold back on and then starts beating up masked Schism goons one by one as they rush the ring!

Backstage, Ilja Dragunov confronts Wes Lee about how nothing stands between him and the NXT Championship now. Lee tells him he’s gonna have to come after him after he wins the title tonight.

Nathan Frazer (c) vs. Noam Dar (NXT Heritage Cup)

Round One

A little bit of light mat grappling, fighting over a wristlock, Dar gets the better of him, armbar, knees to the elbow, Frazer reverses to a side headlock. Pace heats up, trading attempted strikes, quebrada misses and they go right to right hands and Frazer knocks Noam down!

Nathan trying to capitalize as the clock runs out...

Round Two

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial we’re informed that Dabba-Kato interfered and...

Noam Dar won the first fall by pinfall, going 1-0.

Round Three

Tyler Bate is helped to the back, Frazer gets Noam in the STF but Dar gets the ropes! Put on the apron, forearms, Noam lands a big roundhouse and Nathan collapses on the apron! Hanging DDT faked out into a kick to the face, only two! Body blows from Frazer, dragon screw, Dar with an ankle lock but Nathan kicks him to the floor!

Suicide dive, back inside, quebrada into the inverted DDT, running shooting star press... STILL NO! End of the round... DAR GETS A CHEAP SHOT AFTER THE ROUND IS OVER!

Round Four

Striking back and forth, Dar cracks off an elbow that almost ends it! Superplex into a Final Cut...

Nathan Frazer wins the second fall, evening it up 1-1.

Round Five

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Frazer with a 450 splash to the floor as the timer counts down, back inside, Lash Legend grabs his foot and keeps him long enough that when he makes the cover, Dar kicks out and the round expires!

Round Six

Trading punches, Frazer avoids a double stomp but gets caught in a kneebar! Crawling for the ropes, he gets them! Superkick, up top, Meta-Four running interference, Phoenix Splash... NOBODY HOME! Running over...

Noam Dar wins the third and final fall with a running enzuigiri, going 2-1 and regaining the NXT Heritage Cup for real.

Ava Raine cuts a promo about how she’s still safely under the Schism’s tree and if Ivy wants to prove her wrong, she can come find her.

Tiffany Stratton is walking backstage as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Tiffany Stratton is in the ring and on the mic.

She talks about her summer as champion and talks about how she’s going to go down as the best NXT Women’s Champion of all time, better than Bayley or Becky Lynch or Asuka or Charlotte Flair.

Enter Gigi Dolin.

She tells Stratton to shut the hell up and says she gets it, but what she’s dying to see is the fall of Tiffany, so look no further for her next challenger. Stratton says if this is her shooting her shot, consider it shot down because Dolin doesn’t deserve an opportunity.

Gigi says she doesn’t deserve to call herself a champion because she tapped out the last time she defended the title. Tiffany protests—

Enter Kiana James.

She says there’s no chance in hell that Dolin should have a title shot, but she does.

Enter Blair Davenport, wearing a mesh shirt over a camisole with skeletal hands groping her chest like it’s 2002.

She talks up her own influence on the women’s division and says she should be next in line. Gigi says you have to actually go through the division to get to the top and reminds her about how she got beat up in a convenience store and she’d have rather seen business bitch Kiana get put through the canned goods.

Enter Roxanne Perez.

She reminds Davenport that she beat her and she has something to tell Tiffany— it’s a forearm to the jaw and all hell breaks loose between the would-be challengers as Stratton slips out the back!

Damon Kemp and Charlie Dempsey are training under Drew Gulak’s watchful eyes when his young boy rolls up to say he’s done his chores. Gulak says we don’t get tired here and Dempsey chokes the kid out!

Judgment Day make their entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Ava Raine cuts more promo at Ivy Nile about how she’s a weak failure or whatever.

Nile rolls up, Ava tells her masked goons to get her but they reveal that they’re the Creeds and Ivy takes her out!

They say if the Schism want to see Raine again, they’ll agree to a match where if they win, they get reinstated... inside of a steel cage!

Meta-Four are backstage celebrating when the Heritage Cup Committee serves Noam Dar some kind of legal notice.

Oro Mensah opens it up and it says there’ll be an eight-man tournament to crown a #1 contender for his title, to challenge him at No Mercy!

Dragon Lee & Lyra Valkyria vs. Judgment Day (Dominik Mysterio & Rhea Ripley) (Mixed Tag Team Match)

Mysterio and Lee to start, whip reversed, big back body drop to the apron, Dragon sets him up, roll through, fireman’s carry, slip out, standing switch, big boot! Chop from Dominik, off the ropes into a dropkick, tags to the women. Ripley with a shoulder block, upkick from Valkyria, duck the reverse roundhouse, into the ropes, Lyra slips out of a vertical suplex and paintbrushes her with a slap!

Duck a lariat, more palm strikes, rolling solebutt, double thrust, Rhea catches a kick, sunset flip but Mysterio made the blind tag! Lee rocks Dom with a superkick, Valkyria follows it with a crossbody and then lands a Frankensteiner on Ripley! Babyfaces off the ropes in stereo and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Ripley is grinding Valkyria down with a bodyscissors! Rolling her around into a ride that I’m sure will get a few dozen of my closest gayest friends very excited, back to seated, Lyra with a back elbow, trying to relieve the pressure, posting around, blasting Rhea with elbows!

Front kick, stamp to the foot, single knee facebreaker, double pumphandle vertical suplex... NOT ENOUGH! Another vertical, Lyra reverses to a DDT! Duck a pump kick, reverse roundhouse connects, tag made and Lee clobbers him with axhandles! Whip reversed, tijeras, dragon screw in the corner!

Dragon follows it by hanging him over the top rope and going up top for a big double stomp... STILL NO! Lee with the Liger Bomb... RHEA BREAKS IT UP! Valkyria throws her out of the ring and goes for a Franksteiner but Ripley blocks and swings her into the barricade!


Dragon Lee & Lyra Valkyria win by pinfall with an Asai DDT from Lee on Dominik Mysterio.

Trick Williams rolls up on Carmelo Hayes and admits it didn’t go how he wanted but he’s gonna keep putting the work in. Hayes tells him he doesn’t want another win with an asterisk on it, which seems to hurt Trick but he accepts the explanation offered.

Tiffany Stratton complains about trolls telling her Becky Lynch never won the NXT Women’s Championship but says Lynch is irrelevant to her before complaining about the atrocity that her segment became. As champion she has the inside scoop, and that’s that the four other women who came out will have a four-way to determine who gets to face her next.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a recap of Thea Hail’s losing effort against Jacy Jayne last week and footage of her complaining to the referee and Jacy rolling up to tell her she’s improved and we’ve all been let down by someone around here, and if she wants some advice, people like them always get through it.

Baron Corbin blindsides Von Wagner during his entrance and beats him down, throwing him into the steel steps! Wagner blocks and puts Corbin into the post himself, the brawl continues! Around to the announce desk, Baron threatens Robert Stone and Von powers up and blasts him with a boot before clearing the desk... AND BRON BREAKKER SPEARS WAGNER OUT OF HIS PROVERBIAL BOOTS!

Joe Gacy cuts a promo on the Creed Brothers, asking where their morality is and saying there’s nothing Rip and Jagger won’t do for their sister and the cage might keep the rest of the Schism out, but the Dyad will end it once and for all inside the steel.

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

Back from commercial we get a Donovan Dijak promo on Eddy Thorpe about how he’s coming for him.

Commentary hypes up next week’s show.

Carmelo Hayes (c) vs. Wes Lee (NXT Championship)

Hayes with a snapmare, Lee with a side headlock, shot off, roll under, shrug off a monkey flip, double kicks into double dropkicks, stalemate! Both men down and out and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Hayes with shoulder thrusts in the corner, soon both men are down. Back on their feet, trading forearms, front kicks and chops from the champion, trading chops, whip reversed, Carmelo up and over, Manhattan Drop, whip to the corner, Stinger Splash, snapmare, superkick... SO CLOSE!

Wes floats over a suplex, ducks under a springboard, huge running Meteora... STILL NO! Lee with a kick, fisherman Michinoku Driver, up top, corkscrew senton atomico... ONLY A NEARFALL! Corner kick, Wes sets him up for the Cardiac Kick, float over, Final Cut connects!

Codebreaker follows... NOT ENOUGH! To the floor, a Fade Away attempt turns into a springboard back splash that puts both men through the announce desk! Back inside, Hayes up top, nobody home... CARDIAC KICK CONNECTS BUT MELO ROLLS AWAY FROM THE COVER!

Both men down on the floor, referee counting, Hayes rolls back inside and Lee beats the count! Melo lines him up...

Carmelo Hayes wins by pinfall with Nothing But Net, retaining the NXT Championship.

That’s the show, folks.

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