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NXT 4/27/2021: Six Man Tag Main Events; Cole Interview; Reed vs. Theory; Plus More!

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

  • Dakota Kai vs. Mercedes Martinez

  • If Bronson Reed wins, he earns future NXT North American Championship Match: Bronson Reed vs. Austin Theory

  • Six Man Tag Team Match: Kushida (NXT Cruiserweight Champion) & MSK (NXT Tag Team Champions) vs. Legado del Fantasma

  • Adam Cole has sit down interview with Arash Markazi

  • Drake Maverick & Killian Dain vs. Imperium

  • Non-Title Match: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon (NXT Women's Tag Team Champions) vs. Aliyah & Jessi Kamea

We're in the Capitol Wrestling Center and starting tonight's show with women's action!

Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez (NXT Women's Champion) vs. Mercedes Martinez

They lock up and Kai goes after Martinez's arm. Martinez with a side head lock and takes Kai to the mat. Kai counters to a head scissors but Martinez quickly escapes. Right hand by Martinez. Kai tries to leap frog Martinez but doesn't quite make it over and takes a hard fall. Clotheslines by Martinez followed by a nice spine buster for a near fall. Martinez beats on Kai in the corner. Martinez lifts Kai but Kai escapes and DDTs Martinez for a near fall. Kai whips Martinez into the corner and hits her with a kick to the face. Cover for a near fall. Kai in control now. Martinez fights back with punches but Kai hits a back breaker for another near fall. Kai works on the arm again with a submission. Martinez counters with a cradle for a near fall. Kai backs Martinez into a corner but misses a kick. Kai gets caught up over the top rope. Forearms by Martinez before positioning Kai on the top. Kai with elbows to knock Martinez off the top. Martinez lifts Kai off the top and plants Kai face first like a Dominator first for a near fall. Martinez charges in the corner but drop toe hold by Kai. This time Kai hits the kick to the face in the corner. Martinez rolls out of the ring as we go to a split screen commercial.

Back in the ring, Kai controls the majority of the break and continues the arm work. Kai with a series of strikes and locks in an arm bar. Kai sends Martinez into the corner shoulder first. Kai with a boot to the throat of Martinez followed by a snap mare for a near fall. Kai goes back to the arm.

We're back from the break and Kai is still in control as she sends Martinez to the outside. Martinez fires back with a forearm and sends Kai back first into the apron. Martinez tries to get back in the ring but Kai hits a series of kicks and a Codebreaker! 1...2...NO!! Kai with kicks to the head of Martinez to taunt her. Martinez battles back as they trade blows. Kai runs into a discus punch from Martinez. Martinez takes control in the corner. Double underhook suplex by Martinez! Another one! Make it three! Martinez with an arm breaker on Kai and Kai rolls out of the ring. Martinez follows her to the outside and Raquel Gonzalez steps in between them. Martinez avoids a strike from Gonzalez and DECKS HER! Back in the ring, MARTINEZ LIFTS KAI AND GONZALEZ COMES IN THER ING TO ATTACK MARTINEZ FORCING A DQ!!! Good match even if they ending wasn't great. It moves the story along and makes sense at least. Best Martinez singles match that I've seen in NXT.

W: Mercedes Martinez via DQ @ 12:29

Post match, Gonzalez attacks Martinez on the outside of the ring and tosses her into the plexiglass. Gonzalez leaves Martinez laid out.

McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon. They say they won't be losing their championships anytime soon and that The Way has lost their way. Someone shows up to deliver them flowers. FRANKY MONEY IS HERE TO INTERRUPT! She says someone has a crush on them. The card says the flowers are from Dexter Lumis. They each try to pass the flowers off on the other.

A vignette of Cameron Grimes walking into a jewelry store. Grimes is there to buy something special for......himself! Grimes is looking for a pocket watch and says he doesn't have all day. The clerk says he has just the be continued.

The Grizzled Young Veterans are in the ring. They say in the main event tonight, MSK will compete in a six man tag. They says it appears MSK will compete in any match that doesn't involved them defending their titles against GYV. They run down MSK and says they will soon be tag champs! HERE COMES TOMMASO CIAMPA AND TIMOTHY THATCHER TO INTERRUPT!! Ciampa hates to interrupt. Ciampa says Thatcher and them are also grizzled and veterans. They also want to face MSK and become the next champs. Ciampa says GYV beat them last time they faced each other but Thatcher has been taking notes. Thatcher says they have lots of strengths but they lost at NXT Takeover: Cardiff. Thatcher starts the "Shoes off if you hate Gibson" chant. CIAMPA TAKES HIS SHOE OFF AND THEY END UP BRAWLING!! I'm all in favor of this feud.

McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with Drake Maverick and Killian Dain. Maverick says they conveniently are facing Imperium. Maverick tells Dain that he thinks Dain will turn on him. Dain tells Maverick to have faith.

A quick Tian Sha vignette is shown. I can honestly say I'm not sure what was said.

Isaiah "Swerve" Scott promo now about Leon Ruff attacking him a couple weeks ago. Swerve initially thought Ruff was a coward. After thinking about it, Swerve is proud of him. Swerve knows he has it in him now. Swerve challenges Ruff to a falls count anywhere match for next week!

Toni Storm heads to the ring and grabs a mic before her match. She addresses Zoey Stark and says Stark owes her a favor. Storm says she made Stark famous. Storm says people only know Stark because of Storm. Storm says he next chapter will read Storm ends Stark.

Toni Storm vs. Zayda Ramier

Storm attacks right away! Big boot to the face! Storm throws her across the ring and then again to the opposite corner. Sliding clothesline by Storm. Storm hits a back breaker and then bends Ramier's back across Storm's knee. Uppercut by Storm who then runs into an elbow. Ramier with a brief flurry of offense. STORM TURNS RAMIER INSIDE OUT WITH A GERMAN! Running uppercut by Storm! Storm thinks about Storm Zero but instead puts Ramier on the top turnbuckle. HERE COMES ZOEY STARK! Storm goes to confront her. Storm goes back to the corner where Ramier pushes her off. SHOOTING STAR PRESS BY RAMIER WINS IT!! Surprise win for Ramier!

W: Zayda Ramier via pin @ 3:28

Legado del Fantasma promo backstage. They address Kushida and says no one gets one over on them. They tell MSK that the tag titles are in the wrong place. Santos Escobar says they will win in the main event and soon regain the NXT Cruiserweight Championship and NXT Tag Team Championships.

Bronson Reed is backstage getting ready for his match when he runs into NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae. No words spoken. Austin Theory then asks Gargano and LeRae what they're doing standing the dark. This match is next!

McKenzie Mitchell is with LA Knight. He says no one is talking about Kyle O'Reilly because everyone is talking about his win over Dexter Lumis. Knight tells Indi Hartwell that Lumis will disappoint her before walking off. Ever-Rise comes in to talk but she basically ignores them and doesn't ask them anything.

Bronson Reed vs. Austin Theory w/ The Way

If Reed wins, he earns a future NXT North American Championship match

They lock up and Reed powers Theory to the corner. Clean break. Lock up again and Reed takes him to the opposite corner. Theory avoids Reed. Reed with a side head lock but Theory escapes and gets a side head lock of his own. Reed sends him off the ropes and takes him down with a shoulder block. Theory rolls to the outside. Theory comes back in and tries a shoulder tackle but Reed swats him! Theory rolls to the apron. Reed with a hip attack and Theory hangs from the ropes. Gargano tries to help him but Reed comes out and plows into Theory knocking him to the floor. Back in the ring, Theory hits a nice drop kick! Reed is right back up and charges but Theory low bridges him. Reed falls to the outside where Gargano super kicks him but the ref doesn't see it. Theory dives to the outside to take out Reed. They trade reversals and Reed charges but Theory side steps him and Reed goes into the steps as we go to a commercial.

We're back with Theory in control. Reed fights back to his feet and hits some right hands. Theory stops the momentum of Reed and goes after the back. Theory tries to roll towards Reed but Reed military presses him. Reed builds momentum now and splashes Theory in the corner. CHOKE SLAM AND SENTON BY REED! 1...2...NO!! Reed charges into a drop toe hold by Theory. Theory hits a rolling block buster now! 1...2...NO!! Theory tries to lift Reed but can't. Theory charges into a Samoan drop by Reed! 1...2...NO!! Theory counters a suplex and super kicks Reed on the jaw! Reed bounces back and suplexes Theory! Both men are down. HERE COMES DEXTER LUMIS!! The Way doesn't seem him yet. Gargano finally seems him and pulls Candice out of harms way. Lumis stalks Hartwell is walks away from Lumis. Hartwell gets in the ring and Lumis gets on the apron. Reed sends Theory towards Hartwell and Lumis takes the fall for her. Reed decks Gargano! Reed takes down Theory with a clothesline and goes to the top. TSUNAMI SPLASH BY REED AND IT'S OVER!! Reed will get another shot at Gargano! It worked for what they were trying to accomplish.

W: Bronson Reed via pin @ 12:25

McKenzie is backstage with Kushida and MSK. They're excited for the main event. Lee and Carter appreciate Kushida taking them under his wing and that's why they came out to help him last week. They all get pumped up and even high five McKenzie.

The Way are backstage and Gargano is all fired up. Gargano blames Lumis for everything. They transition the blame to Shotzi and Ember and Hartwell gets upset when she says they're trying to steal Lumis. She gets pissed and storms off.

We see picture of Finn Balor's Instagram where he was in Mexico. He'll be back next week!

Imperium w/ Alexander Wolfe vs. Killian Dain & Drake Maverick

Dain and Aichner are going to start it. Maverick is paranoid. Lock up and Aichner tries to lift Dain with no luck. Aichner clubs Dain in the back but can't Irish whip him. Aichner also tries a slam with no luck. Uppercut by Dain and he takes control. Aichner is able to tag Barthel. Barthel jumps on the back of Dain but Dain throws him off and clotheslines him out of the ring. Barthel runs back in only to eat an uppercut. Slam by Dain and he tags Maverick. He's still hesitant. Maverick picks up the pace and drop kicks the knee of Barthel. Another drop kick by Maverick but Aichner turns it around. Maverick lands on his feet after a back suplex by Aichner and takes down Aichner with a rana. Maverick goes to the top but Aichner pulls him off and takes him to the Imperium corner. Barthel distracts and Aichner wipes out Maverick in the corner with a running drop kick from the apron. Dain is pissed as we go to a commercial.

Back from the break, Barthel is working on Maverick in the corner. Maverick avoids a charge and he knocks Aichner off the apron. Barthel is able to tag Aichner but Maverick can't make a tag because Aichner knocks Dain off the apron. Aichner with a rib breaker to Maverick followed by an elbow drop. Aichner swings Maverick around by his belt. Aichner talks trash to Maverick and Maverick gets fired up. Maverick builds some momentum but gets scoop slammed before he can tag Dain. Barthel tags in and charges at Dain and Dain back drops him to the outside. Maverick finally has a chance for a tag and almost makes it but Barthel pulls Dain off the apron. Aichner with a big boot to the head of Maverick. Maverick gets pulled back to the Imperium corner. Dain comes back in the ring and goes wild on Imperium! Dain throws Barthel out of the ring. Dain follows to the outside but eats a boot. Wolfe barks orders. Barthel distracts the ref and Wolfe goes to use a chair on Dain but changes his mind. Barthel goes to the outside. Maverick dives to the outside to take out Barthel. Dain tosses Maverick back in the ring to cross body Aichner. Barthel sends Dain into the steps outside. Maverick with a cross body from the top to Aichner but Aichner rolls through! MAVERICK GETS FINISHED WITH A EUROPEAN BOMB!! Solid tag match with good story-telling here!

W: Imperium via pin @ 12:13

Pete Dunne promo now where he says he's the toughest match up that there is. He reminds us that he beats Kushida. He says he could go back to NXT UK and beat WALTER. He says he could beat Gargano or Kross! Kross doesn't intimidate him. Dunne says he's the baddest man in NXT and he wants someone to try to prove him wrong.

Back to the jewelry store with Cameron Grimes. He doubts the watch he has is working because he can't hear it going tick tock. He says Kross would hate it. Grimes says he'll learn to like it. A voice behind him says it's nice but it's not a million dollar watch. IT'S TED DBIASE BEHIND HIM AND HE LAUGHS!! Grimes freaks out. Haha great stuff.

Non-Title Match

Aliyah & Jessi Kame w/ Robert Stone vs. Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon (NXT Women's Tag Team Champions)

THE WAY ATTACKS SHOTZI AND EMBER BEFORE THE MATCH!! They smash the flower baskets over them. Referees and officials finally comes to stop the madness. Robert Stone grabs the tag titles and celebrates like they won the main event of WrestleMania! The match never happens.

Time for the Adam Cole interview. Cole is on his cell phone telling whoever that he's been waiting for this interview. Arash Markazi says he's been waiting on Cole and ask how his recovery has been. Cole says he's felt better. He brings up past matches during his championship reign. Even when hurt, he's better than the whole roster. He's asked if it was a mistake turning on O'Reilly. He didn't make a mistake. He made a decision. Cole says he doesn't need the UE anymore. He's asks about O'Reilly and O'Reilly main eventing NXT last week. Cole says O'Reilly got lucky and he's not ready to be a main event player. Cole says O'Reilly isn't ready to be NXT Champion. Cole says O'Reilly will never take his place. Cole is asked about Karrion Kross and the NXT Championship picture. Cole says Kross is good but he doesn't know if he's great. Cole brings up Kross' injury and says maybe it was a freak mistake. Cole says when he decides to go for the NXT Championship, Kross' clock will be ticking. Cole is asked what's next and he says it's no one's damn business. When he comes back, Cole says we'll get the best Cole we've ever seen. Cole then tells Markazi to wrap it up and stop wasting his time. Cole leaves and we see where O'Reilly was watching the whole thing.

Next week there will be a tag team street fight where Shotzi and Ember will defend the tag titles against Candice and Indi!

Six Man Tag Team Match

Legado del Fantasma vs. MSK (NXT Tag Team Champions) & Kushida (NXT Cruiserweight Champion)

Kushida and Wilde start it. Kushida controls early as they trade counters. Wilde takes Kushida down by the hair but Kushida regains control. Carter tags in and takes down Wilde before tagging Lee who flips over the ropes onto Wilde. Wilde turns it around and tags Mendoza. Nice double team work by Wilde and Mendoza. Near fall for Mendoza. Wilde tags back in as they isolate Lee in the corner. Wilde runs into a drop kick and Carter tags in. Kicks by MSK followed by a double stomp by Carter. Escobar gets decked. Kushida tags in and hits a drop kick. Hand spring kick y Kushida sends Wilde onto Escobar and Mendoza on the outside as we go to split screen commercial.

Escobar gets tagged in and he takes control of Carter. Escobar focuses on the arm of Carter. They go to the outside. Escobar looks to send Carter into the announce table but Carter reverses. Back in the ring, Escobar takes back over.

We're back with Escobar in control of the left arm of Carter. Mendoza tags back in and continues the arm work. Carter is sent shoulder first into the corner. Wilde tags in and goes for a suplex but Carter counters with a cradle. Wilde gets right back up and goes on the offensive. Mendoza tags in as they take turns stomping Carter in the corner. Carter really needs to tag. Wilde tags back in and hits a snap suplex for a near fall. Escobar tags in and he gets his turn to stomp Carter in the corner. Escobar works on the arm. Carter tries to fight back. Escobar tries a back suplex but Carter escapes and tags Kushida. Mendoza also gets tagged. Kushida is on fire and hits a cartwheel drop kick. He takes it to Wilde too. Lee tags in and hits the assisted shooting star press!! The pin is broken up. MSK dives to the outside to take out Legado with an assist from Kushida. Escobar takes out Kushida outside. ESCOBAR POWER BOMBS KUSHIDA THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!! Legado takes control of the match. Lee and Wilde are legal. Lee is all alone. Lee tries to build momentum but Wilde with a drop kick to stop that. Medical staff checks on Kushida. Legado isolates Lee as they all take turns tagging in. Brain buster by Escobar to Lee. Wilde covers Lee for a near fall. Mendoza tags in. Wilde is back dropped to the apron and Mendoza is sent outside, Escobar misses a splash. Lee with kicks for everyone! Carter is on the apron now and gets the tag! Drop kick to Mendoza and knee to Escobar. Wilde stops the momentum. Kushida rolls in the ring but ESCOBAR HITS HIM WITH THE PHANTOM DRIVER!! CARTER GETS TAKEN OUT WITH A HELD KICK TO WIN!! Fast paced action and a really good main event!

W: Legado del Fantasma via pin @ 13:27

Post match, Legado holds up MSK and Kushida's titles to celebrate as they stand over them. End Show.

During the main event, they announced that Raquel Gonzalez will defend the NXT Women's Championship in two weeks against Mercedes Martinez.

Next Week:

  • Falls Count Anywhere Match: Isaiah "Swerve" Scott vs. Leon Ruff

  • Tag Team Street Fight for the NXT Women's Tag Team Championships: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell vs. Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon (champs)

  • Finn Balor returns!

Two Weeks Away:

  • NXT Women's Championship Match: Mercedes Martinez vs. Raquel Gonzalez (champ)

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