Wrestling-Edge welcomes you to the full results and coverage for WWE NXT on USA Network for July 22, 2020 airing from the Performance Center in Orlando, FL. We see the WWE Forever logo as 8:00 p.m. hits and the show starts. The show immediately kicks off with William Regal prepared to make an announcement on Zoom.
William Regal Announcement
As we see William Regal at the start of the show, Regal states that at this time, Keith Lee wants to address the WWE Universe directly. Regal adds a congratulations to Lee on his recent NXT Championship title win as he turns things over to Lee.
Keith Lee Announcement
NXT Champion and NXT North American Champion Keith Lee discusses the strides he’s made in NXT since his start. Making note of his mentor, “Killer” Tim Brooks, we see a clip of Keith Lee holding both championship title belts following his victory over Adam Cole. Lee says of the late Tim Brooks, “even though you’re gone, you spoke the truth” through tears in a clip from an interview following his win at the American Bash.
Lee moves on to his announcement for tonight. While he embraces the fact people call him limitless, he doesn’t want to “limit” others either, that’s not his intention. Lee states, “I will continue to defend the NXT Championship Title. However, at this point in time, I will be relinquishing the North American Championship title. I believe people deserve a chance to get the same opportunities that I have had.”
We flash back to William Regal as he returns stating he loves Keith’s idea, so tonight NXT will hold a Triple Threat Qualifying Match and on August 22nd there will be a Ladder Match where the new North American Champion will be crowned at NXT TakeOver!
We head into the arena as Mauro Ranallo (along with Beth Phoenix) welcomes us to the July 22, 2020 edition of WWE NXT on the USA Network as Dexter Lumis’ music sounds!
Dexter Lumis vs. Killian Dane
Out first is Dexter Lumis as his ominous entrance theme sounds in the Performance Center as Lumis makes his way down the ramp and slithers into the ring. His mile long gaze as he stares into the camera and his music cuts.
Out next is his opponent, Killian Dane. Dane makes his way down the ramp and enters the ring with Dexter Lumis. The referee signals for the bell, the bell rings and tonight’s first match-up on NXT begins!
Lumis and Dain tie up, but Dain takes Lumis down with a series of shoulder tackles. Lumis gets in Dain’s head and freaks him out, but Dain hits Lumis with an uppercut. Dain tosses Lumis out of the ring. Dain gives chase, but Lumis gets back in the ring and tries to prevent Dain from re-entering the ring.
Dain pulls Lumis out of the ring and Lumis lays into Dain with a series of strikes. Dain tries to whip Lumis into the steel steps, but Lumis leaps over the steps. Dain takes Lumis down with a Crossbody, then breaks the count in the ring.
Dain picks Lumis up and tosses him face-first into the plexiglas around the ring multiple times, then tosses Lumis back in the ring. Dain hits Lumis with a running knee to the face, but Lumis catches Dain with a strike to the stomach. Dain enters the ring and hangs Lumis over the middle rope, hitting a leg drop on Lumis from the middle rope. Dain pins Lumis for two and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Dain is in control of Lumis, but Lumis seems un-phased, possibly enjoying the pain. Dain hits Lumis with a pump kick to the face on a kneeling Lumis, then Dain runs at Lumis, but Lumis catches him with a Spine-buster.
Lumis hits Dain with a Thesz Press, then a Bulldog out of the corner. Lumis follows it up with a belly to back suplex and a standing leg drop, pinning Dain for two. Lumis goes for a Senton from the top rope, but Dain rolls out of the way. Dain hits Lumis with a Dropkick, sending Lumis into the corner, and follows it up with a Cannonball Senton, then a Power-bomb and an Elbow Drop, pinning Lumis for two.
Dain picks up Lumis , but Lumis hits a Ura Nagi on Dain and goes for the Kata Gatame, but Dain escapes. Lumis runs at Dain in the corner and goes to the top rope, but Dain stalls him. Dain goes for the Superplex from the top rope, but Lumis sends Dain to the mat, then hits a Senton and the Kata Gatame on Dain. Dain tries to break the hold, but he passes out, giving Lumis the submission victory.
Winner: Dexter Lumis
Backstage Interview – Roderick Strong
Roderick Strong is interviewed backstage about his upcoming triple threat match. Strong says that tonight is the opportunity for the Undisputed Era to get back on track. Strong says that he should be in the match already, since he never got a rematch.
Bronson Reed Interrupts Roderick Strong Interview
Bronson Reed interrupts and says that tonight is his opportunity. Johnny Gargano walks up and says that he will become NXT North American Champion again, and he teases Reed, then walks away.
Video Package – Dakota Kai
A video package from Dakota Kai runs next, and she says how good it felt to kick Io last week. She said that she’s coming for Io, and tells Shirai to bring her NXT Women’s Championship to their next encounter, and we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial, and we head into the next match.
Ever-Rise vs. Breezango
Both tag-teams make their way to the ring. The referee signals for the bell, Chase Parker and Tyler Breeze are in first for both sides. The bell rings, and the second match of the evening is officially underway! To start things off, Breeze takes Parker down with a Headlock. Parker is able to break the hold and return to his feet. Breeze then takes Parker down once again with a Shoulder Block. Breeze then tricks Parker by almost hitting him with a Supermodel Kick.
Parker turns and runs the ropes as Breeze again looks for the Supermodel Kick, but Parker falls to the mat. Matt Martel chants “Defense,” but Breeze hits him with a Supermodel Kick. Parker uses the distraction to jump Breeze in the center of the ring before tagging in Martel.
Martel goes after Breeze, pulling Breeze out of the ring and tosses him into the plexiglas to start his run, followed by whipping Breeze back into the corner. At this point, Parker reaches for the tag, successfully tags in and goes for Breeze with a series of fists. Parker then looks for the Back Body Drop, but Breeze is able to land on his feet, reaching to Fandango for the first tag on their side of the evening.
Fandango enters the ring and quickly clears house, hitting a combo Russian Leg Sweep on both Parker and Martel, sending both tag-team partners to ringside. Following up with a Dive to both men on the outside, Fandango then tags Breeze back in. Martel gets in the ring and they hit a pair of Super-kicks on Martel. After Martel, Breeze and Fandango use the same method on Parker, getting the pin for the three-count.
Backstage – Dominik Dijakovic
Following the first match-up of the evening, we then head backstage as Tom Phillips sends us to the ongoing interview with Dominik Dijakovic. Dijakovic continuously looks back casually over his shoulder as it seems he is watching for a surprise attack. Dijakovic states that while he was racking his brain trying to figure out his next move, he now knows that his next move is to knock out Karrion Kross. Dijakovic walks away and we go to commercial.
Io Shirai Responds To Dakota Kai
Back from commercial, and Io Shirai has responded to Dakota Kai on Twitter, with Shirai saying that she’ll “be seeing” Kai.
Aliyah (w/Robert Stone) vs. Shotzi Blackheart
Shotzi runs at Aliyah, but Aliyah dodges and goes for kick, but Shotzi evades. Shotzi hits a takedown on Aliyah and a legdrop, then a reverse senton to Aliyah while Aliyah is laying on the middle rope. Blackheart went for a diving dropkick to Aliyah on the apron, but Aliyah evades. Shotzi flies to the outside, and Aliyah dives at Shozi, sending her face first into the floor.
Aliyah tosses Shotzi back in the ring and continues the attack, slamming Shotzi’s face into the canvas and the bottom rope. Aliyah hits a Northern Lights suplex and bridges into a pin, covering Shotzi for two.
Aliyah locks in a Camel Clutch on Shotzi. Shotzi fights to her knees and takes Aliyah down, then rolls up Aliyah for a one count. Aliyah tosses Shotzi intp the corner and runs at her, but Shotzi evades and hits a cannonball on Aliyah. Shotzi follows it up with a switchblade kick then a back drop driver, covering Aliyah for two.
Shotzi gets Aliyah in a double chicken wing, but Aliyah rolls up Shotzi and covers her, but the ref catches Aliyah’s feet on the ropes. Blackheart hits Aliyah with a suplex and and goes to the apron. Stone follows her and gets to the apron, but Shotzi hits him with a kick and sends him to the floor, landing on his injured ankle. Shotzi hits a diving senton onto Aliyah from the top rope, then pins her for three.
Winner: Shotzi Blackheart
After the Match
Outside the ring, Shotzi runs over Robert Stone’s other leg with her tank. Suddenly, Mercedes Martinez comes out of nowhere and hits Shotzi with a kick. Aliyah runs to Stone and tries to pull his leg from underneath the tank and Martinez stares them down, but she walks to the back instead of attacking them.
Up next, the triple threat qualifying match for the NXT North American Championship ladder match, right after this commercial.
Video Package – Isaiah “Swerve” Scott
Back from commercial, we get a video package for Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, where he talks about how he now know what it takes to become a champion after his match with Johnny Gargano after The Great American Bash. Scott calls out Santos Escobar, saying that he is the only one in the WWE who has beaten Escobar, and he says that he will be the next NXT Cruiserweight Champion.
Qualifier Triple Threat Match for NXT North American Title Match At TakeOver 30
Johnny Gargano vs. Bronson Reed vs. Roderick Strong
Out first for this Triple Threat Match Qualifier for the North American Championship Ladder Match at TakeOver 30 is Johnny Gargano as his music sounds in the arena. Out next, is Bronson Reed as he makes his way to the ring to join Johnny Gargano.
Last out, representing the Undisputed Era, is Roderick Strong as his entrance music sounds in the arena. The referee signals for the bell, the bell rings and the match begins! Reed takes Gargano down and sends him out of the ring and Strong gets hit with a shoulder tackle and goes to the outside. Gargano and Strong try to discuss teaming up to take down Reed, but they can’t trust each other and Reed takes advantage.
Reed takes Strong and and Gargano goes for a hurricanrana, but Reed hits Gargano with a powerbomb. Strong gets to his feet and Reed gets Strong in a fireman’s carry. Gargano dives at Reed and Reed catches Gargano, so Strong goes for an Olympic Slam on Reed. Reed is too heavy. Gargano runs at Reed and goes for an enziguri, but Reed ducks and Gargano nails Strong. Reed pushes Gargano into Strong and both men go to the outside, sending us to a commercial break.
We return from commercial break, Gargano with multiple blows to Bronson Reed in the corner of the ring, Strong pulls Gargano off of Reed to deliver multiple rights of his own. Both Gargano and Strong take turns throwing Chops and Strikes at Reed. Reed finally begins fighting back, forcing his way out of the corner.
Reed uses his size to take down both Strong and Gargano. Strong looking for Double Underhooks, then Reed looking for the Sunset Flip. Gargano knocks Reed out of the ring. Gargano with the Slingshot Spear on Strong then through the ropes on Reed. Strong catches Gargano as he heads between the ropes back into the ring, Strong delivers a Back-breaker on Gargano. Reed returns to the ring with massive Forearms on Strong followed by the Bionic Elbow. Reed flips both Strong and Gargano as the crowd begins stomping and shouting. Reed with a Splash in the corner and a Senton for the two count on strong, Gargano breaks the count.
Reed on one knee as Gargano delivers multiple blows to the head of Reed. Reed picks up Gargano in a Military Press, Strong Chops down Reed who is forced to drop Gargano. Step Up Inzuguri on Reed by Strong, Gargano sends Strong flying over the top rope and goes for the cover on Reed. Reed kicks out at two. Gargano ties Reed up in the ropes, hitting a Superkick. Strong returns to the ring catching Gargano mid-Superkick and hits a Back-breaker on Gargano.
Gargano and Strong brawling on the outside of the ring, Reed flies over the ropes onto both Gargano and Reed leaving all three men laid out at ringside as we head to commercial break!
As we return from the commercial break, Reed gets both Gargano and Strong up in a Fireman’s Carry, dropping both to the canvas. Strong heads up top, Gargano and Reed continue to exchange blows next to Strong. Finally Gargano heads up, throwing Strikes at Strong. Gargano drops in a backwards flip off of Reed as Strong jumps off the top turnbuckle looking to knock Gargano off of Reeds Shoulders. Reed is flipped and slammed. Gargano follows up with a Super-kick on Strong. Strong and Reed exchanging Forearms with Reed on the apron.
Step Up Knee Strike on Gargano by Strong for the cover, Gargano kicks out at two. Gargano and Strong go back and forth inside the ring, Gargano hyping up as he goes for a Superkick, Strong counters with Back-breaker. Gargano with One Final DDT on Strong. Reed jumps back in off the top turnbuckle and pins Strong for the three count!
Winner: Bronson Reed
After the Match
Bronson Reed is shown as the first to qualify for the Triple Threat Ladder Match at TakeOver 30 for the NXT North American Championship.
We go to replays and highlights from the match.
Back in the arena, on the outside of the ring “Bronson 2020, everyone is going to recognize!”
Video Clip – Timothy Thatcher & Oney Lorcan
A video clip airs from 3 weeks ago at the Great American Bash where Timothy Thatcher tapped out Oney Lorcan. It is then announced that the rematch is tonight, after the break!
Timothy Thatcher vs. Oney Lorcan
As we return from commercial break, Timothy Thatcher’s entrance music sounds as Thatcher makes his way down the ramp and enters the ring, awaiting his opponent. Out next, quickly down the ramp and into the ring is Oney Lorcan who joins Thatcher in the ring. The referee signals for the bell. The bell rings and the match begins!
Both superstars circle one-another to start off this match up. Thatcher finally drops Lorcan to the canvas and the grappling submission back and forth begins. Thatcher with an Open Palm Strike on Lorcan. Lorcan back to his feet, as well as Thatcher, hitting Chops on Thatcher. Belly to Belly by Lorcan taking Thatcher to the canvas, Thatcher gets behind Lorcan and a Lateral Press by Thatcher, Lorcan immediately kicks out.
Lorcan wraps his rms around the right knee of Thatcher. Arm Suplex by Thatcher, Lorcan is put on his stomach, Thatcher locks in the Bow and Arrow stretching the neck and back of Lorcan. Thatcher rolls sideways for the pin, Lorcan kicks out at two. Lorcan gets Double Wrist Lock by Thatcher, Lorcan gets his foot on the bottom rope. European Uppercut by Thatcher as both men return to their feet. Thatcher drives his knee into the side of Lorcan for another two count!
The match heads to ringside, Double Fishhook by Thatcher, Lorcan throws Thatcher into the ring post causing Thatcher to hit his shoulder hard on the ring post as we head to commercial break!
Clubbing Forearms by Thatcher to wear down Lorcan as we return from the commercial break. Lorcan to the top, exploding with a European Uppercut on Thatcher. Standing Switch by Thatcher. Lorcan grabbing and pealing off Thatcher’s fingers, Double Wrist Lock applied by Lorcan. Thatcher escapes! Thatcher with Strikes and Open Hand Strikes on Lorcan. Lorcan with the Single Leg Crab on Thatcher, looking for the tap-out! Lorcan drops into the Fujiwara Arm Bar on the injured arm of Thatcher.
Thatcher gets the Fish Hook again on Lorcan (illegally, though the official didn’t see). Lorcan with a Suplex for a pin attempt, Thatcher kicks out at two. Lorcan with a crazed look as he heavily breathes on his knees. Both men return to their feet, Lorcan with a Back Chop to the chest of Thatcher. Lorcan refuses to let go of Thatcher’s Arm, Thatcher turns, attempting to alieviate the pain. Thatcher with the Lateral Press while having his injured arm behind him still, using his weight to hold Lorcan down for the three count!
Winner: Timothy Thatcher
After the Match
Lorcan and Thatcher breathe heavily as they stare each other down.
Backstage – Robert Stone and Aliyah
Mackenzie walks up to Robert Stone who says he doesn’t want to talk to her or see her face right now, as he just got ran over a SECOND time by Blackheart.
Mercedes Martinez walks up to Stone and states she needs someone to look over the contracts and keep paperwork in order… all the things she doesn’t care about.
Martinez then adds that everything needs to be on the up and up, she isn’t looking for games. Robert Stone asks Aliyah to help him up as warns Mercedes Martinez to not overstep his boundaries. The two shake hands and Martinez walks away.
Stone looks to Aliyah stating, “We did it!” Aliyah smiling as she holds Stone up.
Karrion Kross and Dominik Dijakovic meet in the ring when we return from commercial break!
Finn Balor Promo
As we return from commercial break, we head into a video of Finn Balor. Balor’s response to Keith Lee relinquishing the North American title follows.
Balor states he doesn’t take handouts, but he will admit Lee isn’t man enough to defend the title. Dexter Lumis, sorry for ya, you have to deal with me, and your push just hit the ceiling. At TakeOver the North American Championship gets what it needs. Dexter Lumis Finn Balor and Timothy Thatcher go head to head next week! The winner will join Bronson Reed and one more undetermined competitor in a Triple Threat Ladder Match at TakeOver 30!
Karrion Kross (w/ Scarlett) vs. Dominik Dijakovic
Fall and pray! Karrion Kross makes his way to the ring with Scarlett Bourdeux “the end is here…” Karrion stands in the center of the ring forming an X with his arms as Scarlett crawls out from between his legs.
Out next is Dominik Dijakovic as Double D’s music sounds in the arena. Dijakovic makes his way down the ramp and enters the ring with Kross who walks up behind Dijakovic, the referee stops Kross. The referee signals for the bell. The bell rings and the match begins.
Kross looks at Dijakovic, eye to eye and the two immediately lock up! Dijakovic breaks the hold. Dijakovic drives Kross into the corner, Kross attempting to power out, Dijakovic continues to shove Kross right back into the corner. Setting up for Feist Your Eyes, Kross counters looking for the Kross Jacket. Dijakovic sends Kross to the outside, a first with Kross. Kross looks to connect a strike to Dijakovic who ducks, Kross hitting the plexiglas with a bang. Dijakovic Kross with a DDT, flipping Dijakovic inside out, Kross smiles. We head to commercial break.
(Picture in picture, Kross continues Stomping Dijakovic on the canvas, using the ropes to his advantage with a boot to the back of the head of Dijakovic. Kross gets a two count pin fall attempt during the break, then locks in a Face-Lock on Dijakovic. Dijakovic gets a one-count pin attempt as he rolls Kross over. Scarlett encouraging Kross from the outside)
We return from commercial break and Dijakovic gets back to his feet and lays into Kross! Doomsday Sieda takes Dijakovic off his feet, then Kross looks for the Kross Jacket. Dijakovic rolls Kross off! Dijakovic with a hard Right Forearm. Kross in the corner as Dijakovic hypes up! Dijakovic with a Kick, Back-Kick, and Front Face Lock, finally flipping Kross to the canvas. Dijakovic goes for ChokeSlam and the cover for the two-count. Kross kicking out shockingly! Dijakovic flips over the top, landing on Kross. Kross with the reversal, sending Dijakovic into the steel stairs. Kross re-sets the count. Kross jamming his boot into Dijakovics face. Kross then kicks the top set of the stairs into the head of Dijakovic.
“You’ve gone too far” the referee stops the count at eight. The referee resets the count as he returns to the ring. At the count of five, Kross exits once again, dragging Dijakovic from beneath the ring. Dijakovic is clearly out as Kross rolls him into the ring. The crowd begins to boo. Kross straddles Dijakovic as he throws Forearms at the face of Dijakovic. Lee has seen enough as he makes his way to ringside. Kross looks at Lee and delivers another strike. The referee asks if Dijakovic wants to stop. Dijakovic tells Lee “No, it’s on me. It’s on me.” Lee asks if he’s sure. “It’s my call Lee, It’s my call.” Lee continues to watch with anger seething from his face. “Look at it Keith, look at it!” Kross stares at Lee as he chokes the life from Dijakovic with the Kross Jacket.
The bell rings, ending the match.
Winner: Karrion Kross
After the Match
Lee immediately rolls into the ring, checking on his friend, Dijakovic. Lee looks into the eyes of Kross.
Kross doesn’t break the glare as Scarlett smiles and laughs sadistically leaning into Kross.
The show ends.