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NXT 3/10/2021: Three Championship Matches; Two Big Announcements!

Updated: Mar 12, 2021

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

  • NXT Women's Championship Match: Toni Storm vs. Io Shirai (champ)

  • NXT Championship Match: Adam Cole vs. Finn Balor (champ)

  • William Regal delivers two announcements that will change the landscape of NXT

  • Xia Li vs. Kayden Carter

We're in the Capitol Wrestling Center for a big night with two championship matches and William Regal making two huge announcements. We see Finn Balor, Adam Cole, Io Shirai, and Toni Storm all arriving to the building. Speaking of William Regal, he's kicking things off!

Regal is in the ring to start. He says WrestleMania is always an interesting time. Regal has a game changing announcement. A video package airs for THE FIRST EVER TWO NIGHT TAKEOVER. IT'S CALLED NXT TAKEOVER: STAND AND DELIVER!! As for the second announcement, Regals has called out all the women on the roster. He says they have all proven to be the best women in the business. Regal calls for Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez to come forward into the ring. Regal says after last week's injustice, Regal is sick and tired of waiting for someone else to make a decision. Regals announces effectively immediately that DAKOTA AND RAQUEL ARE THE NXT WOMEN'S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS!! They celebrate as everyone cheers them on. "You deserve it" chants from the crowd. Dakota calls this division the most talented in the world and her and Raquel beat them all. Raquel this is the first step in them taking over the world and we all better get used to this. They plan on being champions for a long time. SHOTZI BLACKHEART AND EMBER MOON WANT TO BE THE FIRST TO CONGRATULATE. They want to be the first challengers and they want a shot tonight! REGAL MAKES IT OFFICIAL!!

Wade Barrett, Vic Joseph, and Beth Phoenix discuss everything we just witnessed.

NXT Women's Championship Match

Io Shirai (champ) vs. Toni Storm

They lock and Shirai backs Storm into the ropes. Clean break. Lock up again and Storm backs Shirai into the ropes and slaps her. They go to the mat where Storm gets the upper hand. Hip attack in the corner by Storm. Storm goes to dive outside but Shirai with a forearm. Shirai takes control with a double stomp. Chops by Shirai. Roll through by Shirai and she hits a basement drop kick. Shirai takes Storm to the corner and more kicks. Shirai locks in an abdominal stretch and focuses on the back of Storm. Storm counters and sends Shirai to the corner. Shirai sends Storm to the outside. Shirai looks for a moonsault but Storm rips her down and sends Shirai into the steps as we go to a picture in picture break.

Storm remains in control on the outside. Back in the ring, Storm gets a near fall. Storm keeps control all during the break.

Back from the break, Shirai begins battling back. Shirai hits a 619 and a springboard drop kick for a near fall. Shirai tries a German but it's blocked. Double stomp by Shirai. Shirai goes to the top but Storm goes to meet her with a head butt. Both ladies battle on the top turnbuckle. SUPERPLEX BY STORM! Storm with a running clothesline and a German with a bridge! 1...2...NO!! Shirai with forearms but Storm answers back. Shirai tries bridge backwards and Storm drops an elbow on her. They go to the apron where SHIRAI BACK DROPS STORM ON THE APRON!! SHIRAI WITH A MOONSAULT TO THE OUTSIDE ONTO STORM!! In the ring, Shirai goes to the top but STORM PULLS HER OFF INTO A SIT OUT POWER BOMB!!! 1...2...NO!! Storm goes for Storm Zero but Shirai counters with uppercuts. Shirai locks in a crossface but Storm gets to the ropes! Double knees by Shirai in the corner. SHIRAI GOES TO THE TOP BUT MISSES A MOONSAULT!! STORM HITS STORM ZERO!!! 1...2...NO!! Storm goes up to the top turnbuckle. STORM MISSES A DIVING HEAD BUTT! SHIRAI WITH A CROSSFACE AGAIN!! STORM FIGHTS IT BUT SHIRAI HANGS ON!! STORM TAPS!!! Shirai celebrates and Storm is frustrated in the corner.

W: Io Shirai via submission @ 11:58

Finn Balor promo now. Balor says they're the biggest names in NXT. Balor says Cole has no one to back him up now. Balor reminds Cole that he beat Cole to win it and he'll beat Cole to retain it.

McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with LA Knight. He says he will make his debut next week if anyone is willing to step up. BRONSON REED IS HERE TO ATTACK. They get pulled apart by officials. It appears Reed is accepting Knight's challenge.

Jake Atlas vs. Pete Dunne w/ Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch (NXT Tag Team Champions)

Dunne goes after an arm early but Atlas escapes. They have a stand off. Dunne goes back to the arm and takes Atlas down. Dunne with some joint manipulation and Atlas is able to counter with an arm drag. Dunne goes right back on the offensive. Atlas takes him down with a rana! Atlas with a spring board arm drag but then Dunne delivers a sick strike to the arm! Dunne goes back to working on the arm and shoulder. Dunne bends the fingers back and drops a knee. All Dunne now. Atlas tries to fight back and does hit a couple big boots. Dunne tries a submission but Atlas cartwheels to escape. German and a moonsault by Atlas gets a near fall. Dunne blocks a tornado DDT but Atlas takes him down. Dunne counters the cartwheel DDT and stomps the side of Atlas' head. DUNNE BENDS BACK THE FINGERS WHILE LOCKING ATLAS IN AN ARM BAR AND ATLAS HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO TAP!! More offense for Atlas than I expected but result was never in doubt.

W: Pete Dunne via submission @ 4:24

Dunne grabs a mic and says this is the time of the year to step up. If you want to step up, Dunne challenges you to step up to him. Dunne calls himself the best technical wrestler in the world and dares someone to prove him wrong.

Imperium is backstage and offer Timothy Thatcher to join them. They say they're doing it all for him. If Thatcher wants to bring Tommaso Ciampa, that's fine. They'll make it work.

The women's tag title match is next!

Leon Ruff promo backstage where he calls out Isaiah "Swerve" Scott for his attack on him. Ruff challenges Swerve to a match next week.

NXT Women's Tag Team Championship Match

Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez (champs) vs. Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon

Ember charges right away and hits Raquel with a kick. Dakota tags in as does Shotzi. Shotzi sends Dakota to the corner and locks in a Cloverleaf out of the corner. Dakota crawls to the ropes but Shotzi pulls her back to the middle of the ring. Dakota finally makes the ropes. Dakota ducks a kick but then both ladies land kicks taking each other down as we go to a picture in picture break.

Shotzi with right hands to Dakota. Shotzi tries her senton with Dakota on the middle rope but Dakota counters and tags Raquel. Raquel beats down Shotzi in the corner. Dakota tags back in and hits a kick to the face in the corner for a near fall. Dakota takes Shotzi to the opposite corner but Shotzi catches her coming in. Sunset flip by Shotzi for a near fall. Dakota quickly regains control and locks in a chin lock. The champs isolate Shotzi in the corner as Raquel tags back in. Raquel continues the beat down and gets a near fall.

Raquel with a bear hug and a slam to Shotzi. Dakota is in with an assisted stomp for a near fall. Dakota with body scissors on Shotzi but Shotzi stacks her up for a near fall. Shotzi avoids a slam. Dakota cuts off Shotzi but Shotzi hits her with an enziguri before tagging Ember. Ember with a shot to Raquel before building momentum on Dakota. Senton by Ember. Ember lifts Dakota and drops her face first on Ember's knee! Things are breaking down now. SHOTZI SUICIDE DIVES ONTO RAQUEL OUTSIDE! Ember sends Dakota face first into the apron. Ember with a roll up for a near fall. Dakota pulls Ember face first into the middle turnbuckle. Dakota with a big boot before tagging Raquel. RAQUEL AND DAKOTA WITH A MILITARTY PRESS INTO A KICK TO THE FACE COMBO!! 1...2...NO!! Raquel lifts and plants Ember with a power bomb type move! 1...2...Shotzi breaks it up! Shotzi gets taken out. They try to double team Ember but she escapes and tags Shotzi. SHOTZI WITH A CROSS BODY TO THE CHAMPS!! Shotzi is taking it too Dakota!! Kicks and a back suplex by Shotzi on Dakota! Tag to Ember. Shotzi with a senton to Dakota who's on the middle rope. Ember comes in the ring with a spring board for a near fall. Shotzi tags in and they double team Dakota with a wheelbarrow slam. Raquel breaks up the pin. EMBER TRIES AN ECLIPSE BUT RAQUEL BLOCKS! Raquel tries to power bomb Ember but Ember blocks. SHOTZI SENDS DAKOTA INTO RAQUEL AND EMBER. EMBER AND RAQUEL FALL TO THE OUTSIDE!! SHOTZI ROLLS UP DAKOTA FOR THE WIN!! We got new champs!!

W: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon via pin @ 12:16

Adam Cole is backstage. Cole says he put Kyle O'Reilly in his place. Cole says Roderick Strong tried to be tough guy and got beaten down. Cole says the UE is done when he says it is. Cole merely got rid of the dead weight. Now Cole has Balor where he wants him. Cole say he's the best NXT Champion of all time. Not Balor.

Backstage, Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon receive a standing ovation from everyone except The Way. Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory are here now with them. Theory wants to know why Gargano paid off the therapist. Gargano gets Theory fired up when he says everything Lumis said about him. Theory rips off his shirt and storms off.

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

Li charges but Carter hits a drop kick. Li takes Carter down and fires off with some kicks. Jaw breaker by Carter followed by a couple clotheslines. Carter with a roll through and hits a super kick. Carter with a running kick while Li was against the bottom rope. Carter makes a mistake and Li takes control. Catanzaro is ringside on crutches. Li sends Carter hard into the corner and stomps Carter's leg much like she did Catanzaro. LI GOES TO STOMP CARTER'S LEG ON THE STAIRS BUT CATANZARO HITS LI WITH A CRUTCH TO FORCE A DQ!! Post match, Catanzaro hits Li again!! BOA GETS IN THE RING. Catanzaro swings but Boa catches it. Carter saves Catanzaro from Boa.

W: Xia Li via DQ @ 2:08

NXT CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION JORDAN DEVLIN PROMO!! Devlin says it would be a shame for him to miss the biggest Takeover in history. Devlin says his travel ban has lifted and he's coming to NXT next week. He tells Santos Escobar that we'll find out who the real NXT Cruiserweight champion is next week!

Zoey Starks vignette airs. She's putting everyone on notice.

NXT Cruiserweight Santos Escobar confronts William Regal about Jordan Devlin. Escobar is pissed.

Legado del Fantasma vs. Grizzled Young Veterans

GYV runs down LDF for being Escobar's puppets. Gibson and Wilde start. They trade counters and Gibson gets the upper hand. GYV double team for a minute but it doesn't last. LDF with quick counters and they get the upper hand until BREEZANGO COMES OUT TO DISTRACT!! WAIT....IT'S NOT BREEZANGO...IT'S MSK!! WILDE ROLLS UP DRAKE TO WIN!! More of an angle than a match.

W: Legado del Fantasma via pin @ 1:42

Post match, MSK takes out GYV. Then, Breezango does come through the crowd and takes out Legado del Fantasma. MSK and Breezango stand stall and dance together.

Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez are interviewed and they're pissed. Raquel still says they made history by being the first champs. IO SHIRAI CONFRONTS THEM!! SHE WANTS RAQUEL NEXT!! Raquel tells her to "be careful what you wish for".

Adam Cole and Finn Balor are heading towards the ring. The main event is next!

McKenzie interviews Timothy Thatcher about Imperium. Tommaso Ciampa interrupts and he says he's against them. Ciampa is more interested in WALTER!! Ciampa wants him and Thatcher against Imperium next week

NXT Championship Match

Adam Cole vs. Finn Balor (champ)

Cole is wearing the gear he had on when he first won the title. Trash talk to begin and here we go! Both men take each other down in the early going and Balor gets the upper hand. Cole transitions to a pin for a near fall. Again for another near fall. Cole fights to his feet but Balor keeps control. Cole counters into a hammerlock. Balor to his feet and but Cole takes him back down. Both men trade counters. Cole looks for a super kick but Balor avoids it as we go to a picture in picture break.

Balor has the upper hand until Cole hits him with a forearm. Balor tries to counter but Cole grounds him. Cole taunts before sending Balor to the corner. Cole works on the left arm. Cole beats Balor from corner to corner.

We're back and Cole has remained in control all during the break. Balor rolls through a sunset flip and hits a basement drop kick. Balor with a Cobra Clutch like submission to take down Cole. Cole knees his way free but Balor takes him right back down. Cole is able to send Balor outside. Balor hops back on the apron but eats a kick. To the outside they go where Cole sends Balor into the barricade. In the ring, Cole sends Balor hard into the corner. Balor with a drop kick to the left knee of Cole. Balor goes after the leg now. Balor drops Cole's left knee across his own knee. Cole counters with an enziguri. Balor blocks Cole and drops an elbow across the face and neck of Cole! Near fall for Balor. Balor stomps Cole repeatedly near the apron forcing Cole to roll to the outside. Balor takes his eyes off Cole and eats a pump kick! Cole sets up the stairs. Cole breaks the count. Cole drags Balor to the stairs. Cole sets up for a brain buster (like he did to O'Reilly) but Balor suplexes Cole on the floor. We go to another picture in picture break,

Both men are down on the outside. Back in the ring, Balor goes on the attack and gets a near fall. Balor focuses on the back of Cole. Balor locks in a single leg crab. Cole is able to crawl to the bottom rope. Cole catches Balor with a back elbow. Both men trade strikes now.

It's turning into a slugfest. Pump kick by Cole and pele kick by Balor! Cole lifts and drops Balor's neck across his knee! 1...2...NO!! Cole sets up for Panama Sunrise but Balor ducks it and hits a sling blade. JOHN WOO DROP KICK!! Balor heads to the top! Cole avoids the Coupe de Grace! Super kick by Cole!! 1...2...NO!! Cole locks in a crossface!! Balor crawls towards the ropes but Cole rolls him back to the center of the ring! Balor escapes and tries his own submission but Cole locks the crossface on again! Balor makes it to the ropes!! Cole breaks on four. Balor holds the jaw as Cole stomps him. Balor picks the legs and mounts Cole with punches. Balor with a clothesline! Cole counters 1916 and super kicks the knee of Balor! COLE HITS THE LAST SHOT!!! 1....2....NO!!! COLE HITS PANAMA SUNRISE!!! 1....2....NO!!! COLE IS SHOCKED!! Cole goes for another Last Shot but Balor sends him over the top rope to the floor! Cole uses the barricade to pull himself up and HE SEES KYLE O'REILLY!! Balor dives to the outside taking out Cole. BALOR HITS 1916 ON THE FLOOR!! BALOR HITS COUPE DE GRACE!! IT'S OVER!!

W: Finn Balor via pin @ 20:07

Kyle O'Reilly gets in the ring and Cole begs off. Cole tries a low blow but O'Reilly blocks it. O'REILLY ATTACKS AND BEATS THE HELL OUT OF COLE!! The referee tries to hold O'Reilly back but O'Reilly shoves him down. Cole tries to escape but O'REILLY CONTINUES THE ATTACK ON THE RAMP!! O'Reilly goes to brain buster Cole on the steps but referees stop it. Referees hold O'Reilly back and Cole escapes. BALOR WATCHES ON AND KARRION KROSS SHOWS UP BEHIND HIM!! Balor says "What took you so long?" The show ends with a Balor/Kross stare down.

Next week:

  • Austin Theory vs. Dexter Lumis

  • Leon Ruff vs. Isaiah "Swerve" Scott

  • The debut of LA Knight!

  • Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa vs. Imperium

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