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NXT 6/15/2021: Samoa Joe Returns in a HUGE Way; Plus More!

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

  • Regal bringing change to NXT?

  • Breezango vs. Imperium

  • Open Challenge: Kushida hosts an open challenge for his NXT Cruiserweight Championship

  • Ted DiBiase presents LA Knight's Million Dollar Championship coronation

  • Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter vs. Raquel Gonzalez (NXT Women's Champion) & Dakota Kai

  • Io Shirai addresses the NXT Universe

  • Tornado Tag Team Match: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher vs. Grizzled Young Veterans

***Apologies in advance that I don't have a thorough review for each match. I had to DVR the show and now my DVR won't replay for some reason.

We're in the Capitol Wrestling Center for the fallout of NXT Takeover: In Your House. We see highlights of said Takeover.

We open the show with William Regal making his way to the ring. The crowd chants his name Regal thanks the fans and says he's been with NXT since day one. Regal talks about working at the announce desk and calling the very first Takeover. He tears up and says he has lots to say. He has watched NXT blossom into something wonderful and beautiful. He talks about the shows they've done all over the United States and taking NXT to England, Japan, Australia, and even his hometown of Blackpool. Regal says every moment not spent with his family was in order to make NXT the place to be. With all of the recent chaos, he feels he's given the fans everything he has to give. Regal says he's afraid he isn't capable of giving the fans what they deserve now. With that said, Regals says it's time to......KARRION KROSS INTERRUPTS!!

Kross says he and Scarlett knew this day would come. He just didn't know when. So when he saw it happening, they couldn't help but come out to see it for themselves. Kross asks Regal if he's crying (he is). Kross calls Regal pathetic. Kross says Regal knew he was right last week when he said Regal had lost control. Kross says when he "punched a hole in the Mount Rushmore of NXT", Regal knew that Kross was in control through fear and violence. Kross wants Regal to say he's leaving and then walk up the aisle and never come back. Kross wants Regal to say that Kross was right and he conquers all.

SAMOA JOE'S MUSIC HITS!!! The crowd loses their minds and we got "Joe" chants. Joe stares at Kross and says "Mr. Regal, I believe you wanted to speak with me." Regal says he did but not like this. However, Joe is here and because of his love for NXT, Regal offers his the GM position. Regal says Joe can give it the respect and integrity it deserves. Joe says without a doubt absolutely not! Joe knows Regal is worn down but over the past 7 years, he's brought some of the best talent from around the world to NXT including Joe. Joe says it would be large shoes to fill and he can't accept Regal's offer. Joe says he's made Regal's life hell in the past but he's always respected him. Joe counters and tells Regal that he would be more than happy to make sure EVERYONE respects Regal. Regal likes the idea but he has conditions. Joe can't be a competitor and he can't touch anyone unless provoked. Joe accepts and says that only leaves one question: "Why is Kross still in the ring?" Joe and Kross have a stare down. Joe says "Tick tock young champion." Kross backs off and he and Scarlett slowly leave. Regal and Joe shake hands.

The Grizzled Young Veterans are backstage and they aren't happy with Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher's comments at Takeover: In Your House. GYV say they're use to being dragged through the mud and they'll kick Ciampa and Thatcher's heads in tonight.

Time for some action!

Imperium vs. Breezango

W: Breezango via pin

Post match, Imperium destroys Breeze and drapes and Imperium flag over him.

Backstage, Adam Cole and Kyle O'Reilly are brawling! Regal and Joe are there. Regal makes a match between Cole and O'Reilly for Great American Bash. Security and officials try to break them up along with Joe. COLE SHOVES JOE AND GOES BACK TO FIGHTING WITH O'REILLY. JOE LOCKS COLE IN THE COQUINA CLUTCH AND PUTS COLE TO SLEEP!! Joe tells someone to tell Cole to see Regal when he wakes up!

Santos Escobar has promo time now. He says what happened at Takeover: In Your House was a tragedy. He says he had the NXT North American Championship is his grasp before he got put through a wall. Escobar says Reed revealed a weakness because that's the only way he can put Escobar down. He says he's coming after Reed one-on-one and he will be the next NXT North American Champion.

A vignette for Trey Baxter airs. He'll be challenging Kushida in the open challenge for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship.

NXT Cruiserweight Championship Match

Kushida (champ) vs. Trey Baxter

This was a great debut for Baxter. Once again, Kushida makes someone new look great while continue to impress himself.

W: Kushida via submission

Post match, O'Reilly gets in the ring to confront Kushida. O'Reilly challenges Kushida for a match next week and Kushida accepts!

Franky Monet and Presley (her dog) are backstage with McKenzie Mitchell. She says people want more Monet so we'll get an encore of her premiere next week! Monet runs into Aliyah and Jessi Kamea. She tells them they would of won at Takeover if it wasn't for Robert Stone. Stone comes in to interrupt and then Monet is all nice to him. Monet was good here.

Mercedes Martinez promo time. She admits she got beat by Tian Sha but she's not giving up. She says they're 1-1. Whenever Xia Li is ready, they can have a rubber match. She says next time she'll knock Mei Ying out of her chair. Alright then.

Ted DiBiase heads to the ring for the Million Dollar Championship coronation. Ted says on Sunday he found someone worth of carrying on the million dollar legacy. We get a video package that shows highlight of the ladder match and ends with Knight holds the title. Let me talk to ya! Knight arrives to the building and heads straight to the ring with a cigar in his mouth. Knight gets a mic and he wants to talk to Ted. Knight says it's not often you meet your heroes let alone share a ring with them. He's amazed that Ted thinks he's the one to carry on the legacy. Knight says he's banged up but it was 100% worth it. Knight talks about watching Ted growing up and he needed Ted to be here tonight. Knight wants to express his gratitude, appreciation, and thank Ted. Ted says it would be his honor to crown Knight as the Million Dollar Champion. Ted gets the title out of the case and puts it across Knight's shoulder. Ted does his classic laugh and Knight does the same. Knight says with the title on his shoulder, he has everything that he wants. Therefore, he can drop what he doesn't need! KNIGHT ATTACKS DIBIASE!! Knight claims to be the true Million Dollar Champion. Knight takes his jacket off and continues to stomp Ted. CAMERON GRIMES COMES TO MAKE THE SAVE!! Grimes sends Knight over the top rope and checks on Ted. Grimes yells at Knight and says he crossed the line.

McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with Dakota Kai and NXT Women's Champion Raquel Gonzalez. They say they're competing tonight to send a message to Ember Moon. They tell The Way to keep the tag titles warm because they want to be 2-time champs. They walk toward the ring for their match and Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart have to be held back by security.

Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez (NXT Women's Champion) vs. Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter

This went as you would expect. Kacy and Kayden got more offense than I would of thought. In the end. the winners were never in doubt.

W: Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez via pin @ 12:26

Ever-Rise are in the back and watch a replay of Hit Row attacking them during the NXT Takeover: In Your House pre-show. They say Hit Row better expect an answer when they come knocking next time.

Kyle O'Reilly vs. Adam Cole is official for the Great American Bash and O'Reilly vs. Kushida is official for next week. Cole will face an opponent to be named next week.

Io Shirai makes her way to the ring. Io gets a mic and says it's great to be back. The crowd approves. She says her next target is......CANDICE LERAE INTERRUPTS!! LeRae says a lot has changed since Shirai has been gone. Mainly the fact that Shirai is no longer a champion. She's no longer the unbeatable champion and now she must go back to the bottom. LeRae says the one thing that hasn't changed is her hate for Shirai, and she picked the wrong time to screw with her. Shirai is ready for a face off but INDI HARTWELL ATTACKS FROM BEHIND!! LeRae and Hartwell double team Shirai until ZOEY STARK MAKES THE SAVE!! Shirai hits The Way with a spring board drop kick and Shirai/Stark stand tall.

Backstage, McKenzie asks Regal and Joe if the night is going as planned and then the interview is cut off for no reason. That's odd.

Ciampa and Thatcher head towards the ring for the main event and run into MSK eating popcorn. Ciampa and Thatcher keep walking but Thatcher comes back to take a handful of popcorn. We go to a commercial.

Back from the break, we get a Diamond Mine vignette. THE MINE OPENS NEXT WEEK!

Time to redo the Regal/Joe interview. McKenzie how the night went when Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory come in. Gargano puts over Joe while talking about how awful Regal is. Gargano loves what Joe did to Cole. Joe tells Gargano to get out. PETE DUNNE walks in to stare down Joe. No words spoken.

Main event time!

Tornado Tag Team Match

Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher vs. Grizzled Young Veterans

Apologies again for not being able to review the action of this match. In my opinion, it was a Takeover caliber match. All four men brought the goods and it was a great hard hitting match.

W: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher via submission @ 17:11

McKenzie is with Regal and Joe again outside. She asks Regal how Joe's first night went. Regal says things will be different around here from now on. Joe says this was the first night of many! End Show,

Next Week:

  • Non-Title Match: Kyle O'Reilly vs. Kushida (NXT Cruiserweight Champion)

  • Adam Cole vs. TBD

  • The Diamond Mine opens

Once again, apologies that I couldn't give a detailed review of each match. We will be back to normal next week!

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