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NXT 2/24/2021: Kross vs. Escobar in a No DQ; The UE Further Implodes; Plus More!



Here's what's on tap for tonight's NXT:

  • Adam Cole vows to explain his recent actions

  • Kacy Catanzaro vs. Xia Li

  • Killian Dain & Drake Maverick vs. Grizzled Young Veterans

  • Non-Title Match: Dexter Lumis vs. Johnny Gargano (NXT North American Champion)

  • No DQ Match: Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett vs. Santos Escobar (NXT Cruiserweight Champion)

  • Non-Title Match: Zoey Stark vs. Io Shirai (NXT Women's Champion)

We're in the Capitol Wrestling Center and there's lots planned for the show tonight. We open with a video package for Karrion Kross vs. Santos Escobar.


We see Johnny Gargano having a pep talk with The Way. We're starting with some action.


Non-Title Match

Dexter Lumis vs. Johnny Gargano (NXT North American Champion) w/ The Way

Gargano charges and Lumis raises a fist causing Gargano to quickly back track. Lumis drops Gargano on the apron with a right hand and Gargano falls to the outside. Lumis avoids a slingshot spear and Lumis goes under the ring. Lumis comes back from the other side and hits Gargano with a series of right hands. Lou Thesz press by Lumis followed by punches. Pin by Lumis and Gargano is out at one. Stalling vertical suplex by Lumis! To the outside they go where Gargano runs Lumis into the apron and then throws Lumis backward onto the floor. Gargano with a series of punches now before breaking the count. Lumis ducks a kick and drops Gargano face first on the apron. Back in the ring they go. Lumis stares down The Way. Candice tries a rana off the apron and Lumis sits her on the apron. Gargano with a baseball slide and then a dive through the ropes to take out Lumis as we go to a picture in picture commercial.


During the break, Gargano remains in control as the action goes back in the ring. Gargano mounts and punches Lumis in the corner before choking Lumis across the middle rope. Lumis fires back with kicks and punches but Gargano stops the rally. Russian leg sweep by Gargano for a near fall. Gargano goes back to choking Lumis on the second rope. Scoop slam by Gargano for a near fall before locking in a Camel Clutch.


We're back from the break and Lumis gets to his feet and backs Gargano into a corner. Gargano hangs onto Lumis until Lumis hits a back breaker to break the hold. Big rights by Lumis and he follows up with a big clothesline and a bulldog. Slingshot suplex and a le drop by Lumis. 1...2...NO!! They're both on the mat when Lumis crawls towards Gargano. Both men counter the Gargano Escape and Silence respectively. They trade counters and SPINE BUSTER BY LUMIS!! 1...2...NO!! Lumis goes out to the top turnbuckle and Gargano is there to grab a leg. Lumis knocks him down but Gargano rolls out of the way of the jump. Gargano avoids Silence again. Gargano with a super kick!! 1...2...NO!! Candice gets on the apron and Theory hands Gargano a chair. The ref sees it! Gargano with an enziguri! The ref checks on Gargano's leg. Theory has the chair but Lumis turns and sees him. GARGANO CHARGES AND LUMIS MOVES!! GARGANO HITS THEORY!! LUMIS SLAMS GARGANO AND LOCKS IN SILENCE!! GARGANO FIGHTS IT FOR A BIT BUT EVENTUALLY GOES OUT!!

W: Dexter Lumis via submission @ 13:36



William Regals is backstage waiting in the parking lot. He wants to see Santos Escobar as soon as he gets here.


Wade Barrett is doing commentary remotely. Vic Joseph and Beth Phoenix are live.


A video package for MSK airs talking about their history. They're up next!


McKenzie Mitchell is with MSK for an interview. Before they can say anything, they're attack and laid out by the GRIZZLED YOUNG VETERANS.


Leon Ruff was in the trainer's room getting cleared. Malcolm Bivens is here to challenge Ruff to a rematch from last week. Bivens cuts a promo about taking advantage of opportunities. Bivens says Rust will prove why he's a diamond in the rust.


Isaiah "Swerve" Scott attacks Leon Ruff before Ruff's match against Tyler Rust can even start. SWERVE LIFTS RUFF AND THROWS HIM BACK FIRST INTO THE RING APRON!! It looked pretty sweet! Swerve leaves with a smile on his face and Bivens raises Rust's hand and declares him the winner.


William Regal talked to Zoey Stark earlier today and offered her a non-title match against Io Shirai. Stark is ecstatic and accepts. McKenzie interviews Zoey and she has so many emotions. She looks and it cuts to a frozen shot of Io. Commentary says there's technical difficulties. Their match is next!


WWE celebrates black history month video package airs.


We see a highlight of Cameron Grimes watching a clip of Ted DiBiase and Virgil humiliating a kid playing basketball. Grimes offers some guy $1,000 to make ten dribbles in a row for the money. The guy does it and takes the money!! The guy says unlike DiBiase, Grimes forgot to kick the ball away. Haha!!


Commentary talks about Adam Cole appearing tonight to explain his actions. They say Kyle O'Reilly will be out 4-6 weeks.


Non-Title Match

Zoey Stark vs. Io Shirai (NXT Women's Champion)

They lock up and Stark backs Shirai into the ropes. Clean break. Lock up again and they both take each other to the mat. Shirai takes control of an arm and Stark escapes. Good counters by both ladies. Arm drag by Shirai and Stark back drops Shirai. Shirai with an abdominal stretch type submission. Shirai with a take down for a near fall followed by a drop kick. Shirai with chops in the corner and double knees! Stark avoids Shirai and hits a pump kick sending Shirai to the outside. Shirai catches a charging Stark with a knee. Shirai goes up top and Stark hits a kick that sends Shirai all the way out to the floor as we go to a break.


Back from the break, Shirai is firing back with forearms. Shirai takes Stark down but can't get the submission. Shirai misses a kick and Stark gets a near fall. Stark goes up to the top and misses a 450. Both ladies go for a cross body and collide. Both are down. Stark with a crucifix pin for a near fall. Half and half suplex by Stark!! 1...2...NO!! Stark can't believe it. Stark with a knee to the back and goes for a kick by Shirai catches it. Uppercut by Shirai and a flap jack. 619 by Shirai! She goes to the top and hits a missile drop kick!! 1...2...NO!! Stark back drops Shirai and goes to the middle rope. Shirai stops that and goes up top with her. TOP ROPE RANA BY SHIRAI!! DOUBLE UNDERHOOK BACK BREAKER BY SHIRAI!! 1...2...NO!! Stark with a German!! 1...2...NO!! Stark tries another German but Shirai counters sending Stark into the bottom turnbuckle. DOUBLE KNEES BY SHIRAI IN THE CORNER!! SHIRAI WITH A MOONSAULT AND IT'S OVER!! I'm impressed by Stark as she took Shirai to the limit.

W: Io Shirai via pin @ 11:48



Post match, Stark and Shirai embrace. TONI STORM IS OUT NOW. Storm says Shirai will fight anyone but her! Storm kicked her head off last week and Shirai is yet to do anything. Storm says Shirai beat Mercedes Martinez because she can't beat Storm. Shirai says anytime, any place, anywhere. Storm tells Shirai to go find Regal and get the match made!


McKenzie catches up with The Way as they're leaving. Gargano is mad that Theory didn't hit Lumis with the chair. Theory says Lumis is a misunderstood guy. Gargano says he's a psychopath. LeRae says Lumis should be in jail and Hartwell says he's kind of hot!! Gargano says they're going to fix this! Gargano is making Theory go to therapy!!


We see what's happen the last two weeks between Kacy Catanzaro and Xia Li. Their match is next!


Cameron Grimes is back with a basketball on a court. He approaches a group of people. He offers a lady ten dribbles and name drops Ted DiBiase. She stands up is taller than Grimes. She starts dribbling and Grimes goes to kick the ball and she crosses him over!! She collects the money. Grimes tells DiBiase he isn't smarter than Grimes. This isn't over.


Kacy Catanzaro / Kayden Carter vs. Xia Li w/ Mei Ying & Boa

Xia tries to attack right away but Kacy avoids it and goes on the attack! They go to the corner where Xia drops Kacy on the top turnbuckle. Xia throws Kacy into the turnbuckle and stomps her in the corner. Snap suplex by Xia for a near fall. Xia with a submission. Kacy escapes but eats a kick. Xia goes for a power bomb but Kacy with a sunset flip. Xia goes right back on the offensive with the same submission. Kacy rolls free and hits a back elbow followed by a boot. Xia charges but Kacy side steps her sending Xia into the corner. Several kicks and punches by Kacy in the corner and then a drop kick. Near fall for Kacy and Xia rolls out of the ring. Kacy leaps off the apron but is caught. Xia sends Kacy into the barricade. Kacy's leg is draped across the steps and Xia stomps it!! That looked sick! The ref checks on Kacy. Xia pulls Kacy by her hair up the steps and across the apron. The crowd boos heavily. THE REF STOPS THE MATCH BECAUSE KACY CAN'T COMPETE.

W: Xia Li via Kacy Catanzaro being unable to compete @ 4:42


Post match, Kayden Carter gets in Boa's face because she wants to talk to Mei Ying. XIA WITH A SPINNING HEEL KICK TO KACY!! Kayden along with officials checks on Kacy.


Regal checks the parking lot to see if Escobar is here yet. He isn't.


We see a video package for Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler vs. Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez. That match is next week!


Up next is Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Killian Dain & Drake Maverick.


Cameron Grimes is walking the parking lot and finds someone else to take the challenge. This guy also knows about DiBiase. The guy dribbles one and GRIMES DECKS HIM! "TED DIBIASE CAN KISS MY GRITS".


Killian Dain & Drake Maverick vs. Grizzled Young Veterans

Before we start, GYV announce that Wes Lee has a broken hand from their attack. They have been fined. They claim the better team lost the Dusty Cup and they are destined to be tag champs. Dain and Drake start. Dain with a running kick to start and he goes on the offensive. Maverick tags and good tandem offense by them with Dain hitting a senton. Maverick works an arm but Gibson makes a blind tag. They take down Maverick and cheap shot Dain. GYV set up for Doomsday Device and Dain stops it. Dain sends both Gibson and Drake over the top. Dain launches Drake over the top rope onto GYV as we go to a commercial.


We're back with Gibson working on Maverick. Drake escapes and tags Dain. Dain is on fire! Belly to belly on Drake. He throws Gibson into Drake in the corner. With Drake on his back, Dain hits Gibson with a fall away slam. Dain slams Drake and hits a senton on him!! 1...2...Gibson breaks it up. (Breaking news: Io Shirai defends against Toni Storm in 2 weeks) Maverick gets tagged back in. He hits Drake with a drop kick to the knee and follows with a basement drop kick. Blind tag in made. Missile drop kick flatliner combo by GYV!! 1...2...Dain breaks it up! Dain and Gibson go to the outside. Drake with a suicide dive outside. Back in the ring, Maverick with a bulldog to Gibson. Drake keeps Maverick from going to the top. Drake tags back in and THEY HIT MAVERICK WITH THE TICKET TO MAYHEM FOR THE WIN!!

W: Grizzled Young Veterans via pin @ 8:23



In the parking lot, a SUV pulls up and it's Legado del Fantasma. Mendoza and Wilde exit the car but Escobar doesn't. The match is next!


Killian Dain carries Drake Maverick backstage. Alexander Wolfe approaches them and tells Dain he used to be a monster before walking off. Dain wants a doctor for Maverick.


No DQ Match

Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett vs. Santos Escobar (NXT Cruiserweight Champion) w/ Legado del Fantasma

Kross attacks Mendoza and Wilde in the parking lot. Escobar attacks Kross from behind. They brawl in the parking lot. Kross throws Escobar into the back of a semi. ESCOBAR CLOSES THE SEMI DOOR ON KROSS' SHOULDER. Kross fights back and throws Escobar into the side of the semi. Escobar climbs up in the cab and locks the door. Kross rips the mirror off. Kross grabs a pick axe and swings at the door. Wilde and Mendoza are back to help. Kross bounces Wilde off the hood. Mendoza and Escobar use a trash can on Kross. Now it's back to 3-on-1. Kross is sent into the side of the semi. One more time. Escobar calls for Wilde and Mendoza to bring Kross in the building. Escobar heads for the ring and Kross starts fighting back. KROSS SENDS WILDE AND MENDOZA THROUGH THE BARRICADE!! Kross with a throat strike on Escobar and a big boot. 1...2...NO!! Kross clothesline Escobar out of the ring. Kross sends Mendoza into the barricade again. Escobar with two chair shots to Kross! Escobar sends Kross into the steps as we go to a picture in picture break.


During the break, Wilde and Mendoza hit Kross with the steps as the 3-on-1 attack continues. Escobar gets a near fall in the ring. Escobar remains in control and focuses on the injured left arm of Kross. Escobar with a running forearm in the corner followed by a head butt and punches.


We're back as Escobar hits a running drop kick. Mendoza and Wilde take Kross down and Escobar with another running kick. Escobar gets the chair and hits Kross in the ribs. ESCOBAR PUTS THE CHAIR AROUND KROSS' ARM AND SENDS HIM INTO THE RING POST!! Escobar with stomps and DDTS KROSS ON A FOLDED OUT CHAIR!! In the ring, 1...2...NO!! Escobar sends Kross out of the ring again. Kross fights off Wilde and Mendoza. Escobar with a suicide dive sending Kross into the barricade. Escobar targets the arm some more. Another near fall for Escobar in the ring. Escobar with running knees in the corner. Escobar goes for Three Amigos but blocks! Kross with two overhead suplexes to Escobar! On the outside, Escobar runs Kross into the steps again. Escobar tries to pull Kross' shoulder into the ring post but it's blocked. Kross has the chair now. Wilde and Mendoza avoid a shot. Mendoza gets suplexed on the outside. Wilde gets taken out with a power bomb into the barricade. Kross with a stiff kick to Escobar that sends him outside. KROSS WITH A DOOMSDAY SAITO SUPLEX TO ESCOBAR THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!!! Back in the ring, ANOTHER DOOMSDAY SAITO!! KROSS WITH A FOREARM TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD TO WIN IT!

W: Karrion Kross via pin @ 15:21



Adam Cole is backstage heading for the ring.


LA Knight promo. He's been asked when he's going to debut. This is his game so he will debut when he wants to! When he does, everyone is getting stomped out! That's not an insult, it's a fact!


Adam Cole makes his way to the ring to boos from the crowd. We see highlights of last week as we see Cole watching the tron as well. Cole has a mic and says he had every intention of explaining his actions tonight. After watching the footage, he's sick to his stomach. Everyone knows the NXT Championship is important to him but he doesn't like the guy he's become lately. Cole was pissed because O'Reilly kept getting opportunities after failing. After seeing the footage, Cole is ashamed of himself. Cole wishes O'Reilly was there so they could talk face to face but they can't because of Cole. Cole hates to admit when he was wrong but HE'S DEAD WRONG. Cole says he made a mistake and he hates himself for it. Cole says he is so sorry and he will do everything in his power to fix it. If he can't, damn it he's going to try. RODERICK STRONG IS OUT! Strong says now Cole feels bad? Why now? Strong says everything is changed now. The UE was built on trust and a brotherhood. They had each others back no matter what and now Cole shattered the trust. Strong says O'Reilly is going to heal. Strong can't promise Cole that he can save Cole from what O'Reilly will do. HERE COMES FINN BALOR. Balor pushes Strong aside and takes down Cole. Strong is back. BALOR ATTACKS STRONG OUTSIDE!! COLE ATTACKS BALOR FROM BEHIND!! Cole goes to Strong and tells Strong to listen. STRONG HITS COLE!! Cole apologizes to Strong! Strong screams "What is happening?" Strong kneels down to Cole and says he loves him. STRONG AND COLE HUG!! STRONG GOES TO HELP COLE UP AND COLE LOW BLOWS STRONG!! Cole calls Strong stupid!! Cole says Strong is dead to him and rips off his dog tags! COLE SUPER KICKS STRONG!!! Cole stands over Strong to end the show!!




Next Week:

  • WWE Women's Tag Team Championship Match: Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez vs. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (champs)

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