WWE NXT Results (7/29/20): Finn Balor vs. Timothy Thatcher vs. Dexter Lumis

WWE NXT
July 29, 2020
Full Sail University
Winter Park, Florida

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Transcription by Josh Lopez 

First Match: Io Shirai & Tegan Nox vs. Dakota Kai & Candice LeRae 

Kai attacks Shirai before the bell rings. Nox joins the fray. Kai with clubbing blows to Nox’s back. LeRae finally shows up. All hell is breaking loose on the outside. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. LeRae backs Nox into the ropes. The referee calls for a clean break. LeRae applies a wrist lock. LeRae transitions into a ground and pound attack. LeRae with the back press for a two count. LeRae kicks Nox in the back. LeRae slams Nox’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Nox headbutts the midsection of LeRae. LeRae with a running european uppercut. Following a snap mare takeover, LeRae with the cover for a two count. LeRae is raining down haymakers. Nox with heavy bodyshots. Nox with a forearm smash. Shirai and Kai are tagged in.

Kai kicks out the legs of Shirai. Kai kicks Shirai in the face. Kai talks smack to Shirai. Shirai with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Following a snap mare takeover, Shirai kicks Kai in the face. Shirai tells Kai to bring it. Shirai with a tiger feint arm-drag. Shirai with a basement dropkick. Shirai pops back on her feet. Kai with a counter monkey flip. Kai SuperKicks Shirai for a two count. Kai slams Shirai’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Kai tags in LeRae. LeRae with a snap mare takeover. LeRae kicks Shirai in the back for a one count. LeRae applies a front face lock. Kai tags herself in. Kai with clubbing blows to Shirai’s back. Following a snap mare takeover, Kai hooks the outside leg for a two count. Kai continues to punch Shirai in the back. Kai uses the middle rope as a weapon. Kai with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. Shirai reverses out of the irish whip from Kai. Shirai hits The FlapJack. Shirai stands on Kai’s chest. Shirai applies The Lotus Lock. LeRae breaks up the submission hold.  Nox dumps LeRae out of the ring. Shirai tags in Nox. Nox and Shirai goes for a Double Vertical Suplex, but Kai lands back on her feet. LeRae pulls Shirai out of the ring. Kai nails Nox with The Pump Kick. Kai tags in LeRae. LeRae throws Nox into the steel ring steps.

LeRae and Kai have complete control of the match during the commercial break. LeRae rolls Nox back into the ring. LeRae with the back press for a two count. LeRae brings Nox to the corner. LeRae tags in Kai. Kai repeatedly stomps on Nox’s chest. Kai is choking Nox with her boot. Kai punches Nox in the back for a two count. Kai goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Nox rolls her over for a two count. Kai drops Nox with a running clothesline for a two count. Kai taunts Shirai. Kai applies the sitting abdominal stretch. Nox with elbows into the midsection of Kai. Nox rolls Kai over for a two count. Kai delivers another Pump Kick for a two count. Kai slams Nox’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. LeRae tags herself in. LeRae toys around with Nox. The referee admonishes LeRae. Kai applies a rear chin lock behind the referee’s back. LeRae hooks both legs for a two count. LeRae applies a rear chin lock. LeRae pulls Nox down to the mat for a two count. LeRae whips Nox into the turnbuckles. LeRae tags in Kai. Nox decks Kai with a back elbow smash. Nox knocks LeRae off the ring apron. Nox with a Fallaway Slam. Kai tags in LeRae. LeRae takes a swipe at Shirai. Nox HeadButts LeRae.

Shirai and Kai are tagged in. Shirai with two shoulder tackles. Kai reverses out of the irish whip from Shirai. Shirai ducks a clothesline from Kai. Shirai showcases her athletic ability. Shirai with a Front Dropkick. Shirai plays to the crowd. Shirai with The Pendulum Kick. Shirai drops LeRae with The Shotei. Shirai follows that with a SpringBoard Dropkick for a two count. Kai negates The Tiger Driver. Shirai with a Release German Suplex. Kai has Shirai perched on the top turnbuckle. Kai goes for The SuperPlex, but Shirai blocks it. Shirai with a double throat thrust. Kai gets tied in the tree of woe. Shirai with The Flying Double Foot Stomp for a two count. Shirai goes for a Bodyslam, but Kai lands back on her feet. Kai tags in Shirai. Shirai with The Tiger Feint Kick. Shirai delivers The Missile Dropkick. Shirai hits The ShotGun Dropkick. Shirai wipes out Kai with The Suicide Dive/Crossbody Block Combination. Nox connects with The Shiniest Wizard. Shirai plants LeRae with The MoonSault to pickup the victory.

Winner: Io Shirai & Tegan Nox via Pinfall 

Second Match: Johnny Gargano vs. Roderick Strong 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Chain grappling exchange. Strong applies a front face lock. Gargano reverses the hold. Strong with the back press for a one count. Gargano grabs the left shoulder of Strong. Strong with a single leg takedown. Gargano denies The Strong Hold. Gargano dodges The Running Boot from Strong. Gargano rolls Strong over for a one count. Gargano applies The Gargano Escape. Rollup Exchange. That leads us to a quick standoff in the center of the ring. Quick shoving contest. Ankle pick by Strong. Strong slaps Gargano in the back of the head. Strong is trying to keep Gargano’s shoulders pinned to the mat. Second chain grappling exchange. Gargano is tying Strong up in the knot. Gargano with the cover for a two count. Gargano with a side headlock takeover. Strong sends Gargano to the corner. Gargano dives over Strong. Strong leapfrogs over Gargano. Gargano with a Running Hurricanrana. Strong launches Gargano over the top rope. Strong goes for The Draping DDT, but Gargano blocks it. Strong pulls Gargano out of the ring. Strong goes for The Uranage Slam, but Gargano lands back on his feet. Gargano with The Divorce Court on the floor.

Gargano has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Gargano applies the abdominal stretch. Strong with a Pendulum BackBreaker. Strong with a knife edge chop. Strong slams Gargano’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Strong is lighting up Gargano’s chest. Gargano applies a wrist lock. Strong punches Gargano in the back. Strong with a Front Suplex. Strong catches Gargano in mid-air. Strong goes for The Argentine BackBreaker Rack, but Gargano lands on the ring apron. Gargano with an Apron Enzuigiri. Gargano goes for The One Final Beat, but Strong counters with The Pendulum BackBreaker for a two count. Strong with a blistering chop. Strong puts Gargano on the top turnbuckle. Forearm Exchange. Gargano kicks Strong in the gut. Gargano hits The Tornado FlatLiner for a two count. Gargano kick Strong in the chest. Strong decks Gargano with a back elbow smash.

Strong kicks Gargano in the face. Gargano avoids The Step Up Enzuigiri. Strong dodges The Roll Through RoundHouse Kick. Strong goes for The Olympic Slam, but Gargano counters with a deep arm-drag. Gargano locks in The Gargano Escape. Strong with an inside cradle for a two count. Gargano repeatedly kicks Strong in the face. Strong with a desperation up kick. Chop/Forearm Exchange. Gargano with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Strong kicks Gargano in the face. Strong with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Gargano with a Rising Knee Strike. Strong responds with a Spinning Back Elbow. Strong goes for The End Of Heartache, but Gargano counters with a Hurricanrana. Gargano SuperKicks Strong. Strong avoids The Baseball Slide Dropkick. Gargano with a Tilt-A-Whirl HeadScissors TakeOver into the ringside barricade. Gargano drives Strong face first into the steel ring post. Gargano repeatedly shoves Strong into the plexiglass. Gargano connects with The One Final Beat to pickup the victory.

Winner: Johnny Gargano via Pinfall 

Third Match: Mercedes Martinez w/The Robert Stone Brand vs. Shotzi Blackheart 

Blackheart with forearm shivers. Blackheart thrust kicks the midsection of Martinez. Martinez sends Blackheart crashing to the outside. Robert Stone talks smack to Blackheart. Martinez attacks Blackheart from behind. Martinez kicks Blackheart in the ribs. Martinez dumps Blackheart face first on the ring apron. Martinez rolls Blackheart back into the ring. Martinez transitions into a ground and pound attack. Martinez goes for The Fisherman’s Buster, but Blackheart counters with an inside cradle for a one count. Blackheart dodges The Big Boot. Blackheart with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Blackheart delivers a ShotGun Dropkick. Martinez puts Blackheart on the top turnbuckle. Blackheart kicks the right shoulder of Martinez.

Blackheart drills Martinez with The Canadian Destroyer for a two count. Martinez reverses out of the irish whip from Blackheart. Blackheart ducks a clothesline from Martinez. Blackheart hits The Reverse SlingBlade. Blackheart kicks Martinez in the chest. Blackheart with a Rolling Elbow. Blackheart follows that with The SwitchBlade Kick. Blackheart connects with The Reverse Senton for a two count. Martinez responds with The SpineBuster for a two count. Martinez goes back to the ground and pound attack. Martinez rams her boot across Blackheart’s face. Martinez with clubbing blows to Blackheart’s back. Martinez goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Blackheart lands back on her feet. Martinez negates The Slice Bread #2. Martinez with forearm shivers across the chest of Blackheart. Martinez with a Release German Suplex off the middle turnbuckle. Martinez plants Blackheart with The Death Valley Driver to pickup the victory.

Winner: Mercedes Martinez via Pinfall 

Keith Lee, Killer Kross, and Cameron Grimes Segment 

Keith Lee: Let’s get something straight. We can talk all day about Dijak telling me no that he wanted it. The reality is, Dijak is a grown man and he is going to be just fine. On the other hand, this man that seems to think the sound of sand is the sound of a clock. Kross, you have clearly made a point that you want my attention, that you want this championship, and you’ve done so much extra bullshit. All of your extra bullshit means nothing when you can’t come to me, face to face. So right now, I am in this ring. I’m standing here very clearly, doing something that you don’t seem to have the balls to do. And that is face to face, man to man. Killer Kross, i’m calling you out.

Cameron Grimes: Dijakovic? Kross? Hey, what you should be talking about is Cameron Grimes. I mean, if anyone should be upset, it’s me. Because you gave away that North American Championship before I could take a vote. But that’s okay, because i’m here to say, that i’m going to take that NXT Title and i’m going straight to the moon. Keith, can you not hear me? Keith, why don’t you look me in the eyes? Keith, can you not hear?

– Lee starts choking Grimes. Lee throws Grimes into the ring. Lee levels Grimes with a Body Avalanche. Lee PowerBombs Grimes.

– Scarlett Bordeaux appears on the stage.

Killer Kross: Mr. Lee. What kind of a man makes the choice, to stand by and do absolutely nothing while his friend suffers? You did that. And now you have to live with that. But, at this present time, I’m going to provide you with two more choices. The easy way, you give me my shot at the NXT Championship or the hard way. And, Keith, you don’t even want to know what that is. Because everyone will suffer. Tick Tock.

Keith Lee: Choices? You want to talk about choices? Kross, pick the time and place, and I will whoop that ass.

Fourth Match: Imperium vs. Ever-Rise 

Marcel Barthel and Matt Martel will start things off. Hand fighting display. Barthel backs Martel into the turnbuckles. The referee calls for a clean break. Barthel with a deep arm-drag. Barthel applies an arm-bar. Aichner tags himself in. Barthel reverses out of the irish whip from Martel. Barthel drops down on the canvas. Aichner with a deep arm-drag. Aichner applies an arm-bar. Aichner follows that with a top wrist lock. Aichner reverses out of the irish whip from Martel. Martel kicks Aichner in the face. Parker tags himself in. Martel takes out the legs of Aichner. Parker with a SlingShot Splash. Parker blasts Barthel with a knife edge chop.

Parker is throwing haymakers at Martel. Assisted Forearm Smash. Aichner catches Parker in mid-air. Aichner dumps Parker on top of Martel’s back. Aichner sends Parker face first into the middle turnbuckle pad. Aichner tags in Barthel. Imperium with Stereo Low Dropkicks. Barthel tugs on Parker’s hair. Barthel uppercuts Parker. Barthel whips Parker across the ring. Barthel tags in Aichner. Aichner with The SpineBuster. Barthel hits The PK. Imperium connects with The European Bomb to pickup the victory. After the match, Barthel calls Imperium the standard bearer of the NXT Tag Team Division. The Undisputed Era starts ganging up on Imperium. Adam Cole SuperKicks Aichner. Undisputed Era plants Barthel with The Total Elimination. Cole starts yelling into the camera.

Winner: Imperium via Pinfall 

– Bronson Reed Vignette.

Fifth Match: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Jake Atlas 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Atlas with a snap mare takeover. Atlas goes for a rear chin lock, but Scott rolls out of the way. Scott with a HeadScissors TakeOver. Scott pops back on his feet. Atlas with a single leg takedown. Atlas handstands over Scott. A beautiful agility display. Atlas pulls Scott down to the mat. Scott dodges The PK. Atlas goes for a Standing MoonSault, but Scott ducks out of the way. Atlas cartwheels around Scott. Atlas dropkicks Scott. Scott is pissed. Scott shoves Atlas. Scott blocks a boot from Atlas. Atlas with an arm-drag takeover. Scott denies The Leg Lariat. Scott with a rolling crucifix for a two count. Atlas kicks Scott in the gut. Atlas unloads three knife edge chops. Atlas with a Mid-Kick. Scott responds with a leaping side kick.

Scott has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Scott goes for a German Suplex, but Atlas blocks it. Atlas sends Scott to the corner. Atlas with a Corner Spear. Atlas hits The SpringBoard BlockBuster for a two count. Atlas applies a side headlock. Scott with a running elbow smash. Scott goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Atlas lands back on his feet. Atlas uppercuts Scott. Scott dives over Atlas. Atlas nails Scott with The Pump Kick. Atlas connects with The Face Crusher for a two count. Atlas blast Scott with a knife edge chop. Atlas with a forearm smash. Atlas decks Scott with a back elbow smash. Scott with a Release German Suplex. Scott follows that with The Roll Through FlatLiner for a two count. Atlas negates The Confidence Boost. Atlas and Scott are trading back and forth shots. Atlas with an Avalanche Death Valley Driver for a two count. Scott avoids The Rainbow DDT. Scott sweeps out the legs of Atlas. Scott SuperKicks Atlas. Scott delivers The House Call. Scott rolls Atlas back into the ring. Scott plants Atlas with The JML Driver to pickup the victory.

Winner: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott via Pinfall 

Damian Priest Backstage Interview 

Sixth Match: Finn Balor vs. Timothy Thatcher vs. Dexter Lumis In A Triple Threat Match. The Winner Will Advance To The Fatal Five Way Ladder Match To Crown A Brand New NXT North American Champion At NXT TakeOver: XXX

Lumis stands still in the corner after the bell rings. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Thatcher uppercuts Balor. Balor kicks Thatcher in the face. Balor pulls Thatcher out of the ring. Thatcher runs Balor back into the edge of the ring frame. Thatcher rolls Balor back into the ring. Lumis with two haymakers. Lumis launches Thatcher over the top rope. Lumis goes for a SomerSault Plancha, but Balor and Thatcher ducks out of the way. Lumis tees off on Balor and Thatcher. Lumis rolls Thatcher back into the ring. Thatcher kicks Lumis in the ribs. Thatcher uppercuts Lumis. Balor with heavy bodyshots. Lumis with a double clothesline. Lumis with a straight right hand. Lumis follows that with a Back Drop Driver for a two count. Lumis dumps Thatcher out of the ring. Balor kicks Lumis in the gut. Balor punches Lumis in the back. Balor works on the left leg of Lumis. Balor with a knife edge chop. Balor slams Lumis head on the top turnbuckle pad. Balor delivers a gut punch. Balor continues to slam Lumis head on the top turnbuckle pad. Balor with a blistering chop. Thatcher unloads a series of european uppercuts. Thatcher with a Rebound Side Belly to Belly Suplex for a two count. Thatcher applies The Double Wrist Lock. Thatcher has the left leg of Balor draped across the middle rope. Thatcher is trying to wear down Lumis with uppercuts. Lumis dumps Thatcher throat first across the top strand. Balor with an Apron Enzuigiri. Thatcher knocks Balor off the top turnbuckle.

Thatcher has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Thatcher is choking Balor with his boot. Thatcher kicks Balor out of the ring. Lumis drives his elbow into the midsection of Thatcher. Thatcher with a high elbow smash. Thatcher applies a standing toe hold. Thatcher is distracted by Balor. Lumis rolls Thatcher over for a one count. Balor with a forearm smash. Balor repeatedly kicks Thatcher in the chest. Lumis clotheslines Balor on the ring apron. Lumis transitions into a ground and pound attack. Thatcher with a Head Capture Suplex. Thatcher uppercuts Balor. Thatcher fish hooks Balor. Thatcher applies The Cobra Clutch. Balor decks Thatcher with a JawBreaker. Thatcher avoids a dropkick from Lumis. Thatcher uppercuts Balor. Balor with an inside cradle for a two count. Thatcher with another european uppercut. Thatcher applies a chin lock on the middle rope. Thatcher uppercuts Balor. Thatcher drives his knee into Balor’s ribs. Thatcher knocks Lumis off the ring apron. Thatcher is picking Balor apart. Balor works on his joint manipulation game.

Thatcher drives his knee into Balor’s back. Thatcher bodyslams Balor. Thatcher with an elbow drop for a one count. Thatcher with a running knee lift to Lumis. Forearm/Uppercut Exchange. Balor kicks Thatcher in the face. Balor with a running forearm smash. Balor with a double leg takedown. Thatcher kicks Balor in the jaw. Lumis is throwing haymakers at Thatcher. Lumis with a corner clothesline. Lumis follows that with a Running Bulldog. Balor responds with The Pele Kick. Balor with a running knife edge chop. Balor ducks a clothesline from Lumis. Balor with a Spinning Inverted Face Lock Elbow Drop. Balor hits The SlingBlade. Thatcher trips Balor from the outside. Thatcher wraps the left leg of Balor around the steel ring post. Thatcher applies a Knee Bar. Lumis uppercuts Thatcher. Lumis with The SpineBuster. Thatcher with clubbing elbow smashes. Thatcher follows that with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Thatcher connects with The Dragon Screw Leg Whip on the middle rope. Thatcher slaps Lumis in the face. Thatcher applies a Butterfly Lock. Lumis with The Uranage Slam. Lumis applies The Silence. Balor lands The Coupe De Grace for a two count. Balor repeatedly kicks Thatcher in the face. Thatcher applies The Ankle Lock. Lumis slithers behind Thatcher. Lumis makes Thatcher pass out to The Silence.

Winner: Dexter Lumis via Referee Stoppage 

Checkout Episode 216 of The Hoots Podcast 

Checkout My Interview With Referee Tony S 

Author: Josh Lopez

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