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NXT 7/15/2020: Keith Lee defends against Dominic Dijakovic; Io Shirai defends against Tegan Nox!

Here's what to expect tonight:

  • The Keith Lee Era begins on NXT; Will Karrion Kross be waiting in the wings?

  • Damian Priest vs. Cameron Grimes

  • NXT Women's Championship Match: Tegan Nox vs. Io Shirai (champ)

We kick off tonight's show with highlights of last week!!! Multiple NXT stars in the video package tell Keith Lee that they are coming for his titles. The NXT North American champion and NEW NXT champion KEITH LEE makes his way to the ring!!! Lee grabs a mic. Big crowd chants for the new champ! Keith Lee has Alicia introduce him again haha. Lee understands the past few months have been difficult for everyone. Lee says the ring he's standing in is a place where special things happen and he now stands before us as both NXT North American and NXT champion. Now he must go back to reality which means their is a locker room full of people who want the same opportunity. He says he had opportunities and he didn't accomplish all these things alone. He mentions his trainer, Tim Brooks. He says the fans welcomed him with open arms. Lee also brings up Dominik Dijakovic and he wants to have a talk with him. Out comes Dijakovic. Dijakovic says he's proud of him and Lee says it's also about Dijakovic. Lee says the competition between the two of them helped propel Lee to the next level. Lee says he talked to William Regal and suggest that the first challenger for both titles be Dijakovic. Dijakovic asks when? Lee says tonight!!! Dijakovic seems hesitant and Lee tells him to just say yes and he does!!

We see Tegan Nox arriving to the building earlier tonight. Damian Priest vs. Cameron Grimes is next!

Damian Priest vs. Cameron Grimes

Grimes tries to attack Priest before the bell but runs into a boot to the face! The match officially starts and it's all Priest in the early going. Grimes catches Priest with a flying forearm to change the momentum. Grimes remains in control as we head to a split screen commercial. Grimes continues to wear down Priest during the break but Priest starts his come back when we return from the commercial. They fight to the outside where PRIEST HITS A RAZOR'S EDGE ON GRIMES ON THE APRON!!! Priest breaks the count and then throws Grimes back in the ring. Both men go back and forth gaining near falls on each other. Grimes misses the Cave In and goes into the ropes. THIS ALLOWS PRIEST TO HIT THE RECKONING OFF THE SECOND ROPE FOR THE WIN @ 9:54!! A good back and forth match where both men got a good amount of offense. After the match, Priest says that he's really interested in who wins Lee vs. Dijakovic!

We see NXT Women's champion Io Shirai arriving.

Time for another session with Timothy Thatcher. The lesson is with every submission, there's something to be learned. He talks about making people like Oney Lorcan tap and then hold the submission on longer to make them cry like Oney Lorcan did.

Shotzi Blackheart vs. Indi Hartwell

We see highlights from last week when Blackheart ran over Robert Stone with her tanks. Stone's selling is still priceless!! The match begins and it's all Blackheart. Blackheart makes a mistake by missing a kick in the corner and Hartwell takes control. Hartwell gains a few near falls as she takes the fight to Blackheart. Blackheart makes a come back and connects with a senton while Hartwell was draped across the ropes. HERE COMES ROBERT STONE! DDT by Blackheart! Stone distracts the ref allowing ALIYAH TO KNOCK BLACKHEART OFF THE TOP TURNBUCKLE!! HARTWELL HITS BLACKHEART WITH A RUNNING BIG BOOT FOR THE WIN @ 4:07!! This wasn't a good match but it furthered the story line between Blackheart and the Robert Stone Brand.

Legado del Fantasma is up next!

Tegan Nox is interviewed about her match tonight. Tegan says Io Shirai is an obstacle but she's come to far not to make the most of this opportunity. Tegan says she's stronger, faster, and shinier than ever. She wants to become a champion like Kane and Molly Holly.

Legado del Fantasma are sitting at a table together toasting to their first win together at the Great American Bash. They toast to the end of Drake Maverick who they claim only has a job because he went crying on YouTube. They talk about Breezango. They say they are the true lucha libre. Santos Escobar talks up Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde. Escobar says they will be an empire and sometimes it's necessary to tear one down before building it back up!

Highlights of Keith Lee defeating Adam Cole last week. Lee vs. Dijakovic is NEXT!!

NXT North American Championship & NXT Championship Match

Dominik Dijakovic vs. Keith Lee (NXT champ & NXT North American champ)

The match begins and they lock up early for a test of strength. Lee gets the upper hand and they have a clean break. Another lock up and another clean break followed by a fist bump. Lee uses his power but Dijakovic uses his speed to avoid Lee. Slow start thus far in the match as they trade shoulder blocks with neither man budging. Dijakovic goes for Feast Your Eyes but Lee avoids it and Dijakovic tells him he was close to losing as we go to commercial. Back from commercial, Dijakovic is wearing down Lee. Dijakovic attempts a suplex but Lee fights back and takes Dijakovic down with a shoulder tackle and a pounce. Dijakovic stops Lee's momentum with a side walk slam for a near fall. Lee battles back and they trade shots on the top turnbuckle. Dijakovic hits a blockbuster off the top rope!! Near fall! Dijakovic builds momentum but Lee counters and spikes him into the mat with a spine buster!! LEE FOLLOWS WITH THE BIG BANG CATASTROPHE FOR THE WIN @ 15:26!!! KEITH LEE RETAINS!! This was a good match between the two but I don't think the winner was ever in doubt. After the match, Lee helps Dijakovic to his feet and they hug! LIGHTS OUT!!! SCARLETT IS HERE!! SHE WALKS TO THE RING CARRYING A BAG. SHE DUMPS THE BAG OUT INTO THE RING AND IT'S THE BROKEN HOUR GLASS FROM A FEW WEEKS AGO!! SHE WALKS AWAY AS KEITH LEE STARES!!!

Timothy Thatcher is in action next!

Io Shirai is warming up backstage.

Dominik Dijakovic is interviewed and he says Keith Lee is on another level right now. Dijakovic says he saw Scarlett out there and he says Karrion Kross isn't on Lee's level. KARRION KROSS SHOWS UP!! Dijakovic says let's do it and they brawl!! Kross lays Dijakovic out with a suplex over a guard rail with Dijakovic landing on the exposed floor.

Timothy Thatcher vs. Denzel Dejournette

I don't like Dejournette's chances. I didn't know Dejournette played at Appalachian State when they beat Michigan in college football. Thanks commentary. Good to know but it won't help him here! After some mat wrestling by both men, THATCHER LOCKS IN A SINGLE LEG CRAB AT DEJOURNETTE TAPS OUT @ 1:51!!! After the match, Thatcher locks the single leg crab back on. ONEY LORCAN IS HERE TO MAKE THE SAVE!! Thatcher bails.

Rhea Ripley tweets that she's done with the Robert Stone Brand and she's coming after the NXT Women's championship. Io Shirai vs. Tegan Nox is the main event and it's next!

Robert Stone is backstage and runs into Killian Dain. Stone apologizes repeatedly. Aliyah is here to show Stone a picture Dexter Lumis made of him. Killian Dain says Robert Stone can make it up to him by getting Dain a match with Lumis. Dain will face Lumis next week as well as Karrion Kross vs. Dominik Dijakovic.

NXT Women's Championship Match

Tegan Nox vs. Io Shirai (champ)

This is Nox's first shot at the title and really a chance for her to shine. Before the match begins, Nox offers Shirai a hand shake and Shirai slaps her hand away! They lock up early and trade counters but no one really gets an advantage. Commentary questions whether or not Nox is durable enough to carry the women's division. Nox gains the upper hand and gets a couple near falls. Both ladies take turns beating each other down in the corner and then the action spills to the outside. Shirai sends Nox face first into the apron as we go to a commercial. Back from the break, Shirai is in control but Nox is fighting back. Nox counters a flying cross body into a fall away slam in a cool spot. Shirai continues to wear down Nox and gets a couple near falls but can't put her away as we head to a split screen commercial break. Shirai has spent time working on the arm and the knees but Nox keeps trying to come back. They take it to the floor again where Shirai sends Nox into the steps! Shirai charges and Nox moves so Shirai goes into the steps. Back in the ring, both ladies get near falls!! Shirai goes to the top for a moonsault but Nox ties her in the tree of woe! Nox building momentum now! NOX HITS A CHOKE SLAM!! 2 COUNT!! Shirai avoids Nox's charge in the corner and GERMAN SUPLEXES NOX INTO THE CORNER. TIGER SPIN KICK BY SHIRAI (619)!! MISSILE DROPKICK BY SHIRAI AND NOX GETS OUT AT 2!! The crowd is into it! Nox plants Shirai with a front face suplex! MOLLY GO ROUND BY NOX!! NEAR FALL!! NOX GOES FOR THE SHINIEST WIZARD BUT SHIRAI COUNTERS WITH A PALM STRIKE!! MOONSAULT FROM THE TOP AND IO SHIRAI RETAINS @ 23:21!!! Good main event match between these two that picked up down the stretch. Nox was great and playing the resilient underdog. I'm not sure many expected Nox to win but she got a chance to shine and did well! Io was Io!

Post match, Io Shirai celebrates on the ramp where she's blindsided by DAKOTA KAI!! Kai leaves Shirai laid out to end the show!

Next week:

  • Killian Dain vs. Dexter Lumis

  • Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett vs. Dominik Dijakovic

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