WWE NXT Results - June 29, 2021
NXT produced a mostly entertaining show this week, but the episode was marred by Mercedes Martinez's injury and the finish of the North American Title match that left much to be desired. Check out what happened below:
Io Shirai & Zoey Stark def. Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez and Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart – Number One Contenders Triple Threat Match for the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship
NXT opened up with the Triple Threat Number One Contenders match and the contest featured high flying offence in the early going as Io Shirai decked Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez with an Asai Moonsault. Shotzi Blackheart then followed up with a Suicide Dive before Ember Moon connected with a Rolling Senton. The broadcast then went to a break after Zoey Stark ended the exchange with a Flying Cross Body.
Following the broadcast's return, the fast and furious in-ring action continued, during which all three teams enjoyed time on top.
The match told a story of Raquel Gonzalez having to repeatedly save Dakota Kai, though, including from a Tower of Doom spot at one point. Gonzalez then bit the bullet for her tag team partner later as she covered Kai when Shirai went for her Moonsault finisher.
All three teams followed up with big moves as Shotzi Blackheart decked Gonzalez with a Senton, but The Ballsy Badass was sent sprawling to the floor moments later after a Spinning GTS from Zoey Stark. The former Lacey Ryan was on her back soon after, though, following an Eclipse from Ember Moon. Kai entered the ring next and hit the GTK on Moon and The Captain Of Team Kick thought she had the match won when she rolled up Io Shirai. The Genius Of The Sky managed to kick out, however, and she followed up with her Moonsault finisher for the 1-2-3.
Io Shirai and Zoey Stark will face Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell for the gold next week.
NXT wasted no time in getting to the next segment as the broadcast suddenly cut backstage to show Johnny Gargano attacking Karrion Kross from out of nowhere. Security quickly separated the two competitors.
It was then announced the NXT Breakout Tournament will return in two weeks. The winner will earn a shot at the title of their choosing.
Bronson Reed was interviewed by McKenzie Mitchell following the announcement but he was quickly interrupted by Hit Row. Top Dolla and Isaiah "Swerve" Scott goaded Reed into putting the North American Championship on the line tonight. That match was set for the main event.
Brawl between Karrion Kross and Johnny Gargano
The broadcast returned to the ring following the interview as an enraged Karrion Kross entered the squared circle with Scarlett. The Herald Of Doomsday recalled last week's events and dared Gargano to come to the ring.
Gargano didn't waste any time as he entered the Capitol Wrestling Center to cheers. Johnny Wrestling proceeded to call Kross a coward for attacking him from behind last week. Gargano then promised to beat the NXT Champion at his own game which led to a sneak attack from Austin Theory.
Similar to past attacks of Kross, though, the NXT Champion quickly gained the upper hand and he was about to break Gargano's arm with the steel steps before Samoa Joe's security team arrived to stop him from doing so. Gargano then got in a Superkick on Kross before he scurried away, leaving an infuriated Kross to sarcastically tell Joe he was doing "a hell of a job."
The confrontations appeared to be over for the night as Gargano and Theory were spotted driving away from the Capitol Wrestling Center shortly after, but The Way wasn't finished for the night.
Roderick Strong def. Asher Hale
Next up, though, was Diamond Mine's Roderick Strong vs. Asher Hale. The rest of Diamond Mine made their way to the ring with Strong and The Master Of The Backbreaker made quick work of his opponent.
Hale enjoyed a brief flurry of offence but the former NXT North American Champion soon took control and Strong picked up the win with a Butterfly Lock. Strong then stretched Hale's arm after the bell and Malcolm Bivens declared Diamond Mine was open for business.
Cameron Grimes def. Ari Sterling
When the broadcast returned from a break, Cameron Grimes headed to the ring for his match with Ari Sterling. The match came together last week after Sterling insulted Ted DiBiase and Grimes smacked him to the floor.
The match was ultimately short but Ari Sterling had some time to shine and he almost caught Grimes with a Shooting Star Press. Grimes rolled out of the way, though, and decimated Sterling with a Cave-In for the victory.
Grimes then briefly celebrated but LA Knight entered the CWC for the interruption. The Million Dollar Champion called Grimes a loser and The Technical Savage told Knight that he sucked. Grimes then challenged LA Knight to a title match at The Great American Bash, which Knight accepted on the condition that Grimes would be his butler if the former Eli Drake retains. The match was set for next week.
A confrontation between The Way and their new challengers Zoey Stark and Io Shirai took place next. LeRae called Shirai a sore loser before The Genius Of The Sky pointed out that Candice had never beaten her.
Kyle O'Reilly and Adam Cole Face to Face
NXT turned its attention to the rivalry between Kyle O'Reilly and Adam Cole next.
O'Reilly promised to whoop Adam Cole's ass next week to start the exchange, which brought out the aforementioned Cole and then Samoa Joe with a security team.
Cole and O'Reilly repeated much of what they said before TakeOver: Stand & Deliver but their rivalry somehow managed to become more personal after Cole mentioned Kyle's wife.
This only made O'Reilly angry and Kool Kyle was about to call Cole a piece of sh*t before the former NXT Champion knocked the microphone out of his hand.
Samoa Joe stopped both men from brawling but Adam Cole was having none of it and he tried to deck O'Reilly with a punch. Kyle saw it coming, though, and he ducked before locking in a Heel Hook.
Cole screamed in agony as he begged for Samoa Joe to break up the submission. Joe was feeling unsympathetic, though, and he just walked away before his security team finally broke up the two competitors.
Xia Li & Boa def. Mercedes Martinez & Jake Atlas by Referee Stoppage
The rivalry between Tian Sha and Mercedes Martinez continued next but the match was marred by an errant Roundhouse Kick to Martinez from Xia Li that knocked out the 20-year veteran.
Martinez managed to kick out following the move, but the referee took her to the outside and called for the bell, declaring Li and Boa the winners.
MSK face to face with Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher
Ahead of their NXT Tag Team Title match next week, Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher jawed with MSK.
Both teams initially sat down but they quickly got into each other's faces after a Ciampa promo. Nash Carter said it was time for everybody to put respect on MSK's name and Wes Lee claimed everyone will find out why they are NXT Tag Team Champions next week.
Carter then hit a soft slap on Ciampa and Toothless Timmy briefly defended his tag team partner's honour before Ciampa separated them. The Blackheart told MSK to bring their pride and the title belts next week because the challengers will be taking them both, which brought the segment to an end.
McKenzie Mitchell interviewed William Regal next. He was quickly interrupted by Sarray, who hasn't been seen in a little while. The Japanese star revealed she wanted a match against Toni Storm and Regal mentioned he would take it under consideration.
The battery also continued charging throughout the show and it was at 81 percent by 10 pm ET.
The brawl between Johnny Gargano and Karrion Kross then continued as Johnny Wrestling and Austin Theory attacked the NXT Champion as he was about to get into his car. Johnny TakeOver even shut the door on Kross multiple times but Kross got up and choked The Way leader out with the Krossjacket. Theory was also knocked unconscious after Kross annihilated him with a Forearm to the back of the head.
Samoa Joe then appeared and pulled Gargano to safety just as Kross was about to run him over. The Samoan Submission Machine warned Gargano that he may have pushed Kross too far tonight.
Isaiah "Swerve" Scott def. Bronson Reed – NXT North American Championship
It was then time for the main event and Bronson Reed defended the North American Title against Isaiah "Swerve" Scott.
Reed showcased his power in the early going and he dominated the challenger for several minutes. Isaiah "Swerve" Scott was in control after the break, however, having fought back with a Double Foot Stomp into the barricade while the adverts were on.
Scott connected with a Flatliner soon after and he went for his Dropkick finisher, but Reed blocked it and both men fought back and forth, with Reed ending the exchange with a Death Valley Driver.
The Colossal One then followed up with a Bionic Elbow and a Senton before he set up for Tsunami. The numbers game paid dividends for Swerve as Top Dolla suddenly hopped on the apron to distract the official. This gave Ashante "Thee" Adonis the opportunity to pull Reed to the floor.
Top Dolla then became an imbecile and launched himself at Reed while the referee was staring directly at him. Luckily for the Hit Row man, Reed moved out of the way to prevent the disqualification win for himself and he sent the former NFL player flying into the cage barricade. Reed then put his hands on Adonis and launched him over the barricade.
The distraction proved to be Reed's downfall, though, as Swerve decked the champion with his signature Dropkick and followed up with a Springboard 450 Splash for the win.
With that, Isaiah "Swerve" Scott is the new NXT North American Champion.