WWE’s black-and-gold brand of WWE NXT takes a brief hiatus from their usual home of Full Sail University in Winter Park, as they travel to their home base at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida for this week’s episode of NXT On USA.
Featured below are complete WWE NXT results from Wednesday, March 25, 2020 written by Rajah.com’s Newest Female Reporter: Jamie Rush. Follow me on Twitter: @JamieRush312.
WWE NXT RESULTS (3/25/2020)
Tonight’s NXT on USA Network, albeit sans-audience, will be action packed with in-ring matches from the WWE Performance Center as we continue to endure and adjust to the Covid-19 pandemic (previous episode was an interview and compilation special).
Triple H will be in attendance tonight as well, discussing TakeOver: Tampa matches and broadcasting plans.
Commentators announce that as the news broke yesterday in Sports Illustrated, TakeOver: Tampa’s scheduled matches will no longer take place in Tampa, the matches will now be taking place on NXT on USA in the coming weeks.
It is also stated that Triple H is in attendance tonight to make the announcement regarding TakeOver, and also to discuss the growing chaos regarding Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa’s behavior on NXT.
Austin Theory vs. Tyler Breeze
Austin Theory’s music sounds as Theory makes his way to the ring in the audience-less Commentators point out Theory seemed to have forgotten to leave his cell phone backstage as it’s tucked in his ring gear. Theory pulls cell phone out, mocking Tyler Breeze’s selfie obsession.
Out next is Tyler Breeze as his music sounds in the arena. Breeze poses on the apron before entering the ring. Breeze enters the ring and poses once again on the top turnbuckle across the ropes, looking on to an angered Theory. Both trash talk one another as the referee demands they keep things clean. The bell rings and the match begins.
Theory tells Breeze he’s the future, Breeze is the past. The two lock up, the referee breaks it up once again. Theory mocks Breeze doing his pose across the turnbuckle. A Headlock by Breeze, attempting to slow down Theory. A Dropkick puts Theory on his back. Theory lands the Blockbuster on Breeze, switching the match around.
“I’m young, 22, I ain’t old!” Theory announces to Breeze. (Lots of dialogue between the contenders to make up for lack of audience, nice.) Theory with a Snap Suplex followed by a cover, Breeze kicks out at two. Breeze hits the Jaw Breaker forcing Theory to release his grip. A Dropkick by Theory landing Breeze on the outside of the ring as we head to our first commercial break.
As we come back from commercial break, a Forearm Smash to Theory by Breeze. Another Big Forearm on Theory. Theory drives Breeze into the canvas for a quick cover, Breeze kicks out at two, nearly putting Breeze away. The match moves to ringside as Breeze is kicked out of the ring.
The count gets to six as Theory continues asking Breeze if he wants to take a picture. Theory rolls in the ring to break the count, then back out, continuing to dominate Breeze. Both men back in the ring as the referee gets to eight. Breeze rolls Theory in a cover, Theory kicks out.
Buckle Bomb by Theory on Breeze as both men make their way back to their feet. Supermodel Kick by Breeze, Theory able to make it through with a kick out. Breeze falls through the ropes but stabilizes on the apron. Theory with a Neck Breaker, Breeze kicks out just in time.
Theory begins a fury of fists on Breeze, each blow marking the words, “I’m. A. Flash. In. The. Pan.” Theory continues to dominate Breeze inside the ring, reiterating the phrase “I’m a flash in the pan, huh?” Theory lifts the phone and begins recording, “A flash in the pan? This is for you, I’m the future. Your kids will be watching me.”
Theory continues taking video and showboating as he lifts Breeze onto his shoulder, Theory talking smack. Breeze slides off Theory’s shoulder and hits the Beauty Shot for the three count and the win.
Winner: Tyler Breeze
After the Match
Quick replays shown, then back in the ring we see Tyler Breeze taking selfies as Austin Theory still lays on the mat, Breeze showing how it’s done.
Adam Cole will be celebrated tonight on NXT according to the commentators. With that we go to commercial break once again.
Killian Dain vs. Tehuti Miles
As we come back from commercial, music sounds for Killian Dain. 320lb Heavyweight Killian Dain makes his way to the ring. Next, opponent 215lb Tehuti Miles as his music sounds, Miles showing off his swagger as he makes his way down the ramp and enters the ring with awaiting Dain. Miles poses once more.
Dain wastes no time as the bell rings, charging at Miles, Miles sneaking out of the corner shove. Miles quick as he ducks a big boot attempt by Dain. Miles to the outside, Dain with a Forearm, a Pump Kick on Miles, throwing him into the barricade on the outside. Dain heads to ringside, smashing Miles into the steel stairs.
Referee gets to the count of 6, both men back in the ring. Dain continues to dominate Miles inside the ring. Stomps in the corner to the chest and body of Miles. Dain lifts Miles to his feet, a Belly to Back Suplex on Miles. Dain makes the cover, Miles kicks out just in time.
Miles lands Dain shoulder first into the ring post. Miles hits a boot up followed by a series of strikes. (A lot of dialogue between these two competitors as well, well done.) Miles gets clocked by Dain. A Senton to the ribs of Miles into the ribs of Miles, followed by a Vader Bomb for the three count and the win.
Winner: Killian Dain
The announcement is once again made, Triple H is in attendance to address Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano, tonight. We once again go to commercial break.
Cameron Grimes vs. Tony Nese
As we come back from commercial break, we see Cameron Grimes in his leather hat and ring gear, strutting down the ramp towards the ring. Grimes’s first appearance since his bout with Keith Lee over two weeks ago.
Tony Nese is announced next as his music sounds in the arena. Nese smiles as he makes his way to the ring where awaiting Grimes throws his arms in the air as Nese shows off his pecks on the apron. The bell rings and the match begins.
Grimes locks up with Nese, Nese shoulder shoves Grimes into the corner. Trash talk from Grimes, then ducks as Nese comes at him. Nese with a take down, and control of Grimes instead of pin attempt. Grimes makes his way out and attempts a Wrist Lock on Nese who rolls over Grimes.
Nese with an Arm Bar as the referee asks Grimes if he is ready to tap, Grimes shouts no. Nese with a cover on Grimes, Grimes kicks out.
Grimes targeting the left arm of Nese as he attempts to gain control in this match-up. Grimes attempts to set up for a Power Bomb, Nese drops his weight, Sunset Flip attempt, Nese with a kick between the eyes.
Nese trying to set up Grimes for some move, unsure how to finish as he sets him down momentarily, then picking him up once again, Nese then quickly decides, going for a Superman Kick on Grimes. Quickly following up with a Superman Forearm by Nese, followed by another Superman kick.
Nese seems to be going for a Running Nese when Out of nowhere Cameron Grimes lands a Double Foot Stomp on Tony Nese and gets the three count pin for the win.
Winner: Cameron Grimes
Qualifiers for the #1 Contender’s Ladder Match is announced. First up is Xia Li vs. Aliyah then later Candice LeRae vs. Kayden Carter. With that we go to commercial break!
Io Shirai vs. Aliyah
(A video clip is shown from 4 months ago reminding us of when Xia Li broke the nose of Aliyah during a bout.)
Back in the arena, out first is Aliyah as her music sounds in the Performance Center. Next, Xia Li’s music starts up, but nobody comes out. Aliyah says, “Hello? Times ticking!” A live video is shown from backstage where Xia Li is holding her knee and crying uncontrollably.
Aliyah believes she’s going to TakeOver as she states to the referee that Li isn’t there and can’t fight. Officials inform Aliyah that Mr. Regal agrees Xia Li isn’t medically cleared for tonight’s match. However there is someone cleared. Aliyah still cocky asks, “oh yea, who? Who has been medically cleared?” The music sounds for Io Shirai, Aliyah’s face turns blank as she doesn’t even turn to look up the ramp.
Io Shirai makes her way down the ramp as Aliyah throws a tantrum in the ring. Strobe lights and poses welcome Shirai back after time away from NXT. Shirai smiling as she removes her jacket and gets set for tonight’s bout. The bell rings and the match begins.
Shirai with a Dropkick on Aliyah right out of the gate. Shirai with both knees to the chest of Aliyah in the corner of the ring. Aliyah with multiple kicks to the stomach of Shirai. Aliyah attempts to flip Shirai as she comes off the ropes, Shirai counters with an Uppercut.
Shirai takes it to the sky for a Moonsault on Aliyah for the three count pin and the pass to the ladder match!
Winner: Io Shirai
Keith Lee is in attendance and will join us next on NXT after the commercial break.
Video Clip Promo
As we come back from commercial break, a very odd promo showing different shots of Dexter Lumis staring into the camera then fades to black. Commentators state, “Not sure what I just witnessed, but it made me uncomfortable”
All Bask In His Glory! Keith Lee In-Ring
Keith Lee’s music sounds as the North American Champion makes his way to the ring with his championship title in his hand. Lee is interviewed by Jon Quasto in the ring. Quasto asks about the match with Cameron Grimes where he Spirit Bombed Dominik Dijakovic.
Lee states he assumed Dijakovic was the one that attacked him as Lee turned around to see who had attacked Lee from behind and Dijakovic was the only one standing there. He did not know Damian Priest was the one to blame. With that, Lee states he owes Dijakovic an apology and he’s sorry for his mistake. On that note, Dijakovic’s music sounds.
Dijakovic makes his way to the ring with an angered look on his face. Dijakovic states he doesn’t give a damn about Lee’s apology, all he gives a damn about is the championship title. Dijakovic points out that Lee knows Double D wouldn’t attack Lee from behind, he has more respect than that. Even so, Lee did attack Double D and took food off his family’s plate. Lee begins, “I am certain…”
Lee is interrupted as Damian Priest’s music sounds and Priest makes his way out with a microphone stating, “Thankfully neither one of you is Damian Priest.” Priest asks Double D how his knee is, then asks Lee if his back still hurts after being beat with a nightstick. Priest then states his eyes are on the prize, not because of satisfaction for hard work. He will get more money, more women, more fame, more legacy, and his name will live forever. First, Priest says he needs that championship.
Lee responds to Priest stating the champion is right here. Double D shoves Lee out of the way as he stomps Priest. Lee shoves Double D out of the way and pursues Priest who lost his nightstick for the moment. Double D takes out everybody as he flies over the top rope. D grunting and breathing heavily as Lee and Priest are laid out ringside.
We go to commercial break as the announcer’s reiterate Adam Cole is here, next.
Adam Cole Video Promo: Poolside
As we come back from commercial break, “Currently on vacation, poolside.” He states while on vacation, he got to thinking. Thinking about the altercation with Velveteen Dream, who Cole admits, got him flustered. Cole asked himself why he was flustered.
Cole reminds us that he’s the winner of the first ever War Games in NXT and now the longest reigning champion of all time… and Velveteen has done nothing to earn a shot at his title. Cole then states that Bobby Fish wants to take on the Velveteen Dream, when Fish wins, it’s Dream over. Cole ends his statement, “… Dream is over, and that, is Undisputed.”
Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch vs. Shane Thorne & Brendan Vink
As their music sounds, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch make their usual quick stomp to the ring, mirroring each other’s movements even once in the ring with one arm raised. Out next is Shane Thorne and Brendan Vink who stop to pose at the top of the ramp as they are announced. Both make their way down to the ring as their music continues to play. Both tag-teams start trash talking one another, inaudible. The bell rings and the match begins.
To start things off Brendan Vink comes in for his team and Danny Burch enters the ring for his. Burch is taken aback as Vink controls things early on. Burch driven to the canvas with a Shoulder Shove by Vink. Vink tags in Thorne.
Thorne’s quickly manipulated by Burch as Lorcan tags in. A little double team action as Burch exits the ring and Lorcan enters. Lorcan is slammed into the canvas as Vink is tagged back in. Absolute dominance. A shot to the midsection of Lorcan who attempts to recover in the corner of the ring.
Lorcan lands an Elbow to the face of Thorne, both Burch and Vink are tagged in at the same time. Burch attempts to send Vink to the outside over the top, Vink too big to be knocked over the rope. Burch brings him to the canvas for the Cross Face and Lorcan gets the Single Leg Crab to stop Thorne from breaking the hold. Both tap at the same time.
Winners: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch
The upcoming Women’s #1 Contender match between LeRae and Carter is announced for after the break as we head into commercial.
Candice LeRae vs. Kayden Carter
Out first is Candice LeRae as we come back from commercial break. LeRae makes her way down the ramp and enters the ring as her entrance music sounds in the Performance Center. Out next is Kayden Carter as her music sounds and Carter is seen strutting her way down the ramp, skipping up the steel stairs and swinging through the ropes to enter the ring with opponent LeRae.
The bell rings and the match officially begins. A quick lock up between the two women, LeRae gets the take down on Carter. Carter back to her feet as she gets a Waist Lock on LeRae. LeRae flips Carter and attempts a quick cover, Carter kicks out. LeRae still in control of Carter, Carter flips LeRae.
Carter swipes the leg of LeRae for a pin attempt, LeRae with a quick kick out. A stalemate. They shake hands and start again, a single leg take down by LaRae. Carter gets rolled up, but kicks out. Several pin attempts back and forth.
Finally, Carter goes for a Shining Wizard but LeRae knocks Carter down, hitting a Senton, LeRae locking in the GargaNo Escape for the win.
Winner: Candice LeRae
After the Match
Candice LeRae smiles as she leans against the ropes. We go to commercial break.
Matt Riddle vs. Roderick Strong
As we come back from commercial break, Matt Riddle is announced as “The Original Bro” as he makes his way down the ramp towards the ring. Riddle dances his way down the ramp as the commentators note, “A little message to everybody watching at home, Stallion Riddle is riding alone tonight as his NXT Championship partner is unable to be here due to prevailing circumstances”.
Out next is Roderick Strong, who makes his way out to the Undisputed Era music, yet comes out alone. Strong enters the ring, finishing his entrance. The bell rings and the match begins. A lot of grappling between Riddle and Strong on the mat. Riddle claps for Strong stating, “Good move!”
Riddle gets a quick cover on Strong, Strong kicks out and both are quickly back to their feet. Strong told to break a hold, the referee counts from one to four, finally yanking the two apart as he shouts, “Clean break!” More grappling on the mat, Strong holding Riddle who flips over and back to his feet, shoving Strong into the ropes.
They split up once again, and Riddle goes for a take down, then hits a Gut Wrench Suplex on Strong. Strong goes to the ropes quickly, to catch his breath. Strong attempts to take control of the match, the two exchange Chops back and forth. Multiple forearm blows to the head of Strong. Olympic Slam attempt to no luck. Enziguri by Strong, Riddle on the mat as we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial break and Riddle takes Strong to the mat and smacks Strong in the face while on the mat. Strong shoves Riddle back mocking him as he says, “Hey Bro…”. Strong with a take down attempt, once again holding Riddle. Towards the end of the match, German Suplex by Riddle, then setting up for the Bro Derek. Olympic Slam by Strong with a cover, Riddle kicks out.
Bro Derek connects finally for the three count and the win!
Winner: Matt Riddle
After the Match
Matt Riddle dancing his victory dance when it’s cut short as two men run down the ramp, attacking Riddle in the ring. Riddle back to his feet attempting to fight back against the two huge men.
Malcolm Bivens makes his way out, saying, “Riddle, you already know that. Your partner, Pete Dunne is half way across the world. So I figured now was the perfect time to introduce you to the future of the tag team division.” (Though he didn’t mention who they were or their names.)
COO Triple H has a message for Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa after the break!
End of Night Announcements
As we come back from commercial break, it is reminded Velveteen Dream vs. Bobby Fish was made official for next week as the challenge was laid down by Adam Cole, Dream has accepted.
Another opportunity for the superstars that were unable to qualify, there’s a second chance gauntlet match next week for the #1 Contender’s Ladder Match next week on NXT.
Triple Threat Match following the explosive scene displayed tonight. Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic vs. Damian Priest. Lee will defend his title, he does not have to be submitted or pinned to lose his title.
Triple H In-Ring Explanation
We see Triple H standing in the center of the ring as the announcements for next week end. H begins, “In the history of NXT there has been no greater rivalry, no personal issue more intense than what we have witnessed over the last few years between Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa. It has, sparked…”
Triple H is interrupted by Tommaso Ciampa’s music sounding, Ciampa making his way down the ramp, entering the ring with COO Triple H. Commentators state they knew Ciampa had gall, but to interrupt Triple H takes something else… Ciampa enters the ring and shakes the hand of Triple H.
Ciampa states everything that’s needed said, has been said. everything that needed done, has been done. I know that Gargano is here, bring him out, let’s finish this.
Gargano asks Hunter if he’s lost his mind, stating last time he saw Ciampa, he tried to kill Gargano. Gargano asked why he’s been fined when Ciampa threw the weight and tried to fly through the glass. Triple H responds, “So nothing is your fault right? Super-kicking the referee wasn’t your fault?” H announces that if it were up to Regal, they would be gone.
Triple H tells Gargano to get in the ring, reminding Ciampa that there will be NO physicality, reiterating to Ciampa, “Don’t touch him.” Gargano climbs the apron into the ring and echoes, “Don’t touch me.” H tells both men that he’s been through this himself, with Shawn Michaels. H states that a time will come in their lives when they realize they have more in life than what happens in this ring, but it’s gotta end.
He can’t have them tearing up buildings, and can’t have them endangering the lives of people. Triple H says it should end on the biggest stage there is, in front of the whole world… Gargano interrupts stating that it was supposed to end last year, but Ciampa broke his neck. Gargano adds his only regret is that he isn’t the one who broke it. Ciampa steps towards Gargano, H stops him. Gargano states, “Keep him back!”
Ciampa begins, “Talk about ‘bigger things going on in the world’ bigger things have been going on in my world for the last year!” Ciampa reminds that he broke his neck, gave up his life… Ciampa gets close to H stating, “Now I’m telling you, this needs to end.” Triple H begins to say this needs to end on the biggest stage, Gargano interrupts again stating they just need a ring.
Ciampa asks “Who is the face of NXT? Who is the heart and soul…” Gargano interrupts, “Me!” H asks if they only need a ring, if they don’t need a big stage, are they ready now? Gargano quickly answers, “No, I’m not ready now.” With anger he adds, “He put me through a table two weeks ago, he threw me off a perch last week!” Triple H then asks how long he needs.
Gargano states he needs two weeks. Triple H agrees, saying he will find an empty building, put a ring in it, and set a referee. But when it’s over, it’s over. Two of you will walk in, and one of you will walk out. After it’s done, it’s over. In two weeks time, I will send you a message with a location and a time, and you will both be there.
Ciampa states in two weeks, “In two weeks, NXT carries on without Johnny Wrestling” Gargano responds, “Doesn’t happen, doesn’t happen. In two weeks, in two weeks you are going to have to admit what you already know in that black heart of yours. He’s the better man, the better wrestler, the better everything.” Ciampa bites his tongue.
A video begins playing as Triple H, Gargano, and Ciampa turn around. A clock strikes 12 as Killer Kross’s video plays. Kross’s face seen clearly as all three men continue to stare at the screen as it fades to black. With that the show ends!