WWE NXT Results (9/23/20): TakeOff To NXT TakeOver 31

WWE NXT
September 23, 2020
Full Sail University
Winter Park, Florida

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Commentators: Tom Phillips and Beth Phoenix

Transcription by Josh Lopez 

First Match: Women’s Battle Royal. The Winner Will Battle Io Shirai For The WWE NXT Women’s Championship At WWE NXT TakeOver: 31

Participants (Rhea Ripley, Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai, Shotzi Blackheart, Raquel Gonzalez, Kacy Catanzaro, Kayden Carter, Indi Hartwell, Aliyah, Xia Li, Marina Shafir, Catalina, Avery, Brandi Lauren, Gia, Ellie, Emily, Raven, and Rita)

Order Of Eliminations 

– Gia was eliminated by Rhea Ripley

– Raven was eliminated by Raquel Gonzalez

– Ellie was eliminated by Rhea Ripley

– Marina Shafir was eliminated by Rhea Ripley

– Avery was eliminated by Raquel Gonzalez

– Brandi Lauren was eliminated by Raquel Gonzalez

– Rita was eliminated by Raquel Gonzalez

– Emily was eliminated by Rhea Ripley

– Catalina was eliminated by Raquel Gonzalez

– Aliyah was eliminated by Rhea Ripley

– Xia Li was eliminated by Kayden Carter

– Kayden Carter was eliminated by Raquel Gonzalez

– Raquel Gonzalez was eliminated by Rhea Ripley

– Rhea Ripley was eliminated by Raquel Gonzalez

– Indi Hartwell was eliminated by Kacy Catanzaro

– Kacy Catanzaro was eliminated by Dakota Kai

– Dakota Kai was eliminated by Shotzi Blackheart

– Shotzi Blackheart was eliminated by Candice LeRae

Winner: Candice LeRae 

Damian Priest Backstage Interview 

Second Match: Tommaso Ciampa vs. Jake Atlas 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Ciampa backs Atlas into the turnbuckles. The referee calls for a clean break. Atlas unloads three chops. Atlas with a forearm smash. Short-Arm Reversal by Ciampa. Ciampa with a straight right hand. Ciampa sends Atlas to the ring apron. Atlas denies The Willow’s Bell. Atlas pulls Ciampa out of the ring. Atlas is throwing haymakers at Ciampa. Atlas repeatedly stomps on Ciampa’s chest. Atlas is trying to catapult Ciampa throat first into the steel support beam under the ring. The referee admonishes Atlas. Ciampa uses his feet to create separation. Ciampa backs himself in the ropes. Ciampa clotheslines Atlas. Ciampa applies a rear chin lock. Ciampa stomps on the back of Atlas head. Ciampa talks smack to Atlas.

Ciampa applies a wrist lock. Ciampa sends Atlas chest first into the turnbuckles. Atlas with forearm shivers. Ciampa reverses out of the irish whip from Atlas. Atlas cartwheels around Ciampa. Atlas with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Atlas dropkicks Ciampa. Atlas with a double leg takedown. Atlas transitions into a ground and pound attack. Atlas blocks a boot from Ciampa. Atlas applies a waist lock. Atlas sends Ciampa to the corner. Atlas nails Ciampa with The Pump Kick. Atlas kicks Ciampa in the face. Atlas lands The Orihara MoonSault. Atlas rolls Ciampa back into the ring. Atlas hits The BlockBuster for a two count. Atlas goes for The Cartwheel DDT, but Ciampa counters with The Big Boot. Ciampa connects with The Willow’s Bell. Ciampa tells Atlas to get up. Ciampa plants Atlas with The Fairy Tale Ending to pickup the victory.

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa via Pinfall 

– Ridge Holland Vignette.

– Culture Head by Corey Taylor will be the official theme song for WWE NXT TakeOver 31.

Third Match: Roderick Strong & Danny Burch vs. Fabian Aichner & Raul Mendoza In A Number One Contender’s Qualifying Match 

Strong and Aichner will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Strong applies a wrist lock. Aichner backs Strong into the turnbuckles. The referee calls for a clean break. Aichner with the irish whip. Strong dives over Aichner. Misfired Hip Tosses. Aichner clotheslines Strong. Aichner bodyslams Strong. Aichner tags in Mendoza. Following a snap mare takeover, Mendoza with a Running Knee Strike. Mendoza with The SpringBoard MoonSault for a two count. Strong drives Mendoza back first into the turnbuckles. Burch tags himself in. Burch with two uppercuts. Burch with an arm-bar takedown. Burch applies a rear chin lock. Mendoza grabs a side headlock. Burch goes for a Tilt-A-Whirl BackBreaker, but Mendoza lands back on his feet. Mendoza slides under Burch. Mendoza drops down on the canvas. Mendoza goes for a leapfrog, but Burch counters with an ankle pick. Burch rolls Mendoza over for a two count. Mendoza reverses out of the irish whip from Burch. Burch side steps Mendoza into the turnbuckles. Burch with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Burch prepares for The Missile Dropkick. Aichner runs interference. Mendoza pulls Burch off the middle turnbuckle.

Aichner and Mendoza has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Aichner applies The Cobra Clutch. Burch with heavy bodyshots. Aichner ducks a clothesline from Burch. Aichner with a Belly to Back Suplex. Imperium Pose. Aichner toys around with Burch. Aichner slams Burch’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Aichner tags in Mendoza. Mendoza repeatedly stomps on Burch’s chest. Mendoza punches Burch in the back. Mendoza puts his leg on the back of Burch’s neck. Mendoza mocks Strong. Mendoza with a forearm smash. Following a snap mare takeover, Mendoza with the lateral press for a one count. Mendoza stomps on Burch’s back. Mendoza applies The Cobra Clutch. Burch with heavy bodyshots. Mendoza drives his knee into the midsection of Burch. Burch goes for a sunset flip, but Mendoza tags in Aichner. Aichner kicks Burch in the back. Aichner knocks Strong off the ring apron.

Aichner goes for The PowerSlam, but Burch lands back on his feet. Burch kicks Aichner in the face. Burch tags in Strong. Aichner clotheslines Burch. Strong with a Running Clothesline. Strong knocks Mendoza off the apron. Strong with a single leg dropkick. Strong clotheslines Aichner. Strong PowerBombs Aichner into Mendoza. Strong hits The Olympic Slam for a two count. Strong kicks Mendoza out of the ring. Aichner negates The End Of Heartache. Mendoza drives his knee into Strong’s back. Aichner connects with The SpineBuster for a two count. Aichner tags in Mendoza. Strong fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Strong dumps Aichner out of the ring. Mendoza dropkicks Strong. Mendoza with forearm shivers. Strong launches Mendoza over the top rope. Mendoza with a forearm smash. Mendoza with an Apron Enzuigiri to Burch. Strong responds with a Rising Knee Strike. Strong tags in Burch. Strong drops Aichner with The Running Knee. Burch plants Mendoza with The Tower Of London to pickup the victory.

Winner: Roderick Strong & Danny Burch via Pinfall 

Fourth Match: Damian Priest vs. Austin Theory 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Wrist Lock Exchange. Priest with a deep arm-drag. Theory regroups in the corner. Theory with a waist lock go-behind. Priest drop steps into a side headlock. Theory whips Priest across the ring. Theory with a running elbow smash. Theory talks smack to Priest. Priest reverses out of the irish whip from Theory. Priest with a leaping back elbow smash. Theory launches Priest over the top rope. Priest blocks a lariat from Theory. Priest with The Old School/SpringBoard Crossbody Block Combination. Priest with a deep arm-drag. Priest applies an arm-bar. Theory stomps on the left foot of Priest. Theory tugs on Priest’s hair. Priest with an arm-drag takeover. Theory drop toe holds Priest into the middle turnbuckle pad. Theory repeatedly stomps on the left knee of Priest. Theory with a Belly to Back Suplex for a one count. Priest with heavy bodyshots. Theory clotheslines Priest. Theory with The Standing MoonSault for a one count. Theory kicks Priest in the ribs. Theory taunts Priest. Theory with a forearm smash. Theory punches Priest in the back. Priest negates The ATL. Priest nails Theory with The Bell Clap. Priest hits The FlatLiner. Theory sends Priest crashing to the outside.

Theory has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Theory dodges The RoundHouse Kick. Theory with a forearm smash. Theory with The Roll Through Dropkick for a two count. Theory argues with the referee. Theory applies the chin bar. Priest gets back to a vertical base. Theory with a knife edge chop. Priest delivers his combination offense. Priest with an Inside Out Lariat. Priest with a Leaping Back Elbow Smash. Priest follows that with The Falcon Arrow for a two count. Theory dodges The Spinning RoundHouse Kick. Theory applies a waist lock. Priest decks Theory with a back elbow smash. Theory side steps Priest into the turnbuckles. Theory with a forearm shot across the back of Priest. Theory connects with The Spinning Rack Bomb for a two count. Priest heads to the outside. Theory with a forearm smash. Theory continues to run his mouth. Priest goes for The South Of Heaven, but Theory lands back on his feet. Theory with a back elbow smash. Priest responds with The Cyclone Kick. Priest with The Razor’s Edge into the ring apron. Priest plants Theory with The Reckoning to pickup the victory. After the match, Johnny Gargano SuperKicks Priest.

Winner: Damian Priest via Pinfall 

Fifth Match: Ridge Holland vs. Antonio De Luca 

De Luca starts things off with a running forearm smash. De Luca with a flurry of strikes. Holland drops De Luca with a forearm smash. Holland whips De Luca across the ring. De Luca nail Holland with The Pump Kick. Holland delivers The Pounce. Holland tells De Luca to get up. Holland with Two OverHead Belly to Belly Suplex’s. Holland talks smack to De Luca. De Luca with a forearm smash. Holland answers with clubbing headbutts. Holland connects with The Northern Grit to pickup the victory.

Winner: Ridge Holland via Pinfall 

– Dakota Kai battles Shotzi Blackheart next week.

Updated WWE NXT TakeOver 31 Match Card 

– Finn Balor (c) vs. Kyle O’Reilly For The WWE NXT Championship

– Damian Priest (c) vs. Johnny Gargano For The WWE NXT North American Championship

– Io Shirai (c) vs. Candice LeRae For The WWE NXT Women’s Championship

Sixth Match: Kushida vs. Kyle O’Reilly vs. Bronson Reed vs. Cameron Grimes vs. Timothy Thatcher In The Gauntlet Eliminator Match. The Winner Will Battle Finn Balor For The WWE NXT Championship At WWE NXT TakeOver 31 

Kushida and O’Reilly will start things off. Quick feeling out process. Chain grappling exchange. O’Reilly goes for The Triangle Choke, but Kushida counters with The Cross-Arm-Breaker. Kushida with a single leg takedown. O’Reilly applies a double wrist lock. Kushida goes back to the cross-arm-breaker. O’Reilly transitions into The Knee Bar. Kushida reaches the bottom rope which forces the break. Test Of Strength. Kushida applies a rear chin lock. O’Reilly grabs a side headlock. Kushida whips O’Reilly across the ring. O’Reilly drops Kushida with a shoulder tackle. Kushida drops down on the canvas. O’Reilly with The Big Boot. Kushida responds with The Hip Toss. Kushida with a Cartwheel Dropkick. Kushida works on the left shoulder of O’Reilly. O’Reilly kicks out the legs of Kushida. O’Reilly is putting the boots to Kushida. Kushida kicks the left knee of O’Reilly. Kushida kicks O’Reilly in the face. Kushida kicks the left shoulder of O’Reilly. Kushida with forearm shivers. O’Reilly kicks the left hamstring of Kushida. Forearm Exchange. Bronson Reed is the next entrant.

Reed with forearm shivers. Reed throws Kushida into O’Reilly. Reed with a Double Avalanche. Reed was preparing for The Double Samoan Drop. Kushida fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Kushida kicks Reed in the gut. Reed denies the irish whip. Kushida with a HandSpring Double Back Elbow Smash. Kushida drops Reed with a Step Up Enzuigiri. O’Reilly reverses out of the irish whip from Kushida. Kushida goes for a sunset flip, but O’Reilly counters with the cross-arm-breaker. Reed goes for a foot stomp, but O’Reilly counters with the knee bar. Kushida with The Standing MoonSault. Kushid applies The HoverBoard Lock. Reed with The Delayed Vertical Suplex. Reed with a Running Senton Splash. Reed HeadButts O’Reilly. Reed with clubbing shoulder blocks. O’Reilly kicks the left hamstring of Reed. Reed with forearm shivers. Reed HeadButts O’Reilly. Reed bodyslams O’Reilly. Kushida runs into a forearm smash from Reed. O’Reilly with a leaping forearm smash. Reed with clubbing blows to O’Reilly’s back. Stalemate in the corner. Kushida with a Double Rolling Capo Kick. The Velveteen Dream drops Kushida with The Dream Valley Driver behind the referee’s back. Reed lands The Tsunami. Kushida has been eliminated.

Timothy Thatcher is the next entrant. Reed knocks Thatcher off the apron. O’Reilly, Reed, and Thatcher are trading back and forth shots during the commercial break. O’Reilly with an arm-ringer. Standing Switch Exchange. Reed with Two Release German Suplex’s. Cameron Grimes is the final entrant of the match. Grimes with a forearm smash. Grimes with a Flying Crossbody Block. Grimes kicks Thatcher in the face. Grimes drops Thatcher with The MoonSault Press. Grimes blasts O’Reilly with The PK. Thatcher blocks The RoundHouse Kick from Grimes. Grimes negate The Fujiwara Arm-Bar. Grimes SuperKicks Thatcher. Reed drops Grimes with a Running Body Block. Reed blocks a lariat from O’Reilly. Reed with The Rolling Elbow. Thatcher attacks Reed from behind. O’Reilly with a Rebound Lariat. Grimes nails O’Reilly with The Pump Kick. Grimes hits The Uranage Slam. Reed with an Inside Out Lariat. Forearm/Shoulder Kick Exchange. Thatcher applies The Sleeper Hold. Grimes kicks Thatcher off the apron. O’Reilly with a Flying Knee Strike off the apron. Reed with a forearm smash. Assisted SomerSault Plancha. Reed punches Thatcher in the back. Reed HeadButts Grimes. Thatcher with an open palm strike. Thatcher slams Reed’s head on the apron. Reed with The Death Valley Driver for a two count.

Second Forearm Exchange. Reed PowerBombs O’Reilly for a two count. Grimes slams Reed’s head on the top rope. Grimes with a knife edge chop. Grimes with a forearm smash. Grimes kicks Reed in the face for a two count. Grimes fish hooks Reed. Reed backs Grimes into the ropes. Reed with a Big Biel Throw. Reed lands The Suicide Dive. Thatcher repeatedly drives his knee into Reed’s back. Grimes unloads Two Mid-Kicks. Grimes delivers a gut punch. Grimes whips O’Reilly into the turnbuckles. Thatcher with three uppercuts. Grimes and Reed are brawling on the outside. Thatcher applies the single leg crab. Grimes is choking Reed with his boot. Grimes is mauling Reed in the corner. Thatcher uppercuts O’Reilly. Grimes with clubbing mid-kicks. Thatcher dumps O’Reilly out of the ring. Thatcher drives his knees into Reed’s ribs. Grimes and Thatcher are double teaming Reed. Reed is displaying his fighting spirit. Reed HeadButts Thatcher. Reed with an Inverted Atomic Drop to Grimes. Reed drops Grimes The Bionic Elbow. O’Reilly kicks the left hamstring of Reed. O’Reilly with a Jumping Knee Strike. Reed PowerSlams O’Reilly. Reed levels O’Reilly with a Body Avalanche. Reed puts O’Reilly on the top turnbuckle. Reed with The Uranage Slam into Grimes for a two count. Grimes runs interference. Thatcher with forearm shivers. Reed knocks Thatcher off the middle turnbuckle. Reed goes for The Tsunami, but Thatcher ducks out of the way. O’Reilly lands The Flying Knee Drop. Bronson Reed has been eliminated.

Thatcher applies The Ankle Lock. O’Reilly reverses the hold. O’Reilly transitions into a front face lock. Thatcher uppercuts O’Reilly. O’Reilly with The Rolling Elbow. Thatcher drives his knee into O’Reilly’s chest. Grimes with a Release German Suplex. Grimes denies The Single Leg Crab. Thatcher with a Side Belly to Belly Suplex. Thatcher goes for The Butterfly Suplex, but O’Reilly blocks it. Third Forearm Exchange. O’Reilly with clubbing palm strikes. O’Reilly drops Grimes with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Thatcher applies The Sleeper Hold. O’Reilly blocks a boot from Grimes. O’Reilly applies The Ankle Lock. O’Reilly rolls Thatcher over for a two count. O’Reilly launches Grimes over the top rope. O’Reilly delivers his combination offense. O’Reilly with a Running Forearm Smash. Thatcher and O’Reilly are trading back and forth shots. Thatcher with an open palm strike. O’Reilly with The BackSlide Cover for a two count. O’Reilly with The Schoolboy Rollup. Timothy Thatcher has been eliminated. Cameron Grimes connects with The Cave In for a two count. O’Reilly had his foot on the bottom rope. Grimes is completely shocked. Grimes talks smack to O’Reilly. Grimes is putting the boots to O’Reilly. Fourth Forearm Exchange. Grimes hits The Collision Course for a two count. Fifth Forearm Exchange. O’Reilly with The Axe Kick. Grimes responds with The Rolling Elbow. O’Reilly drives his knee into the midsection of Grimes. O’Reilly drops Grime with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Grimes SuperKicks O’Reilly. O’Reilly dodges The Cave In. O’Reilly makes Grimes tap out to The Heel Hook. After the match, Adam Cole and Roderick Strong comes out to celebrate with O’Reilly. Finn Balor appears on the stage. Balor points at O’Reilly to close the show.

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly via Submission 

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Author: Josh Lopez