WWE NXT TakeOver 31 Results

WWE NXT TakeOver 31
October 4, 2020
The Capitol Wrestling Center
Orlando, Florida

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Commentators: Vic Joseph, Wade Barrett, and Beth Phoenix

Transcription by Josh Lopez 

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

Gargano side steps the collar and elbow tie up. Gargano with rapid fire bodyshots. Gargano sticks and moves. Gargano kicks Priest in the ribs. Gargano with southpaw haymakers. Priest reverses out of the irish whip from Gargano. Gargano dives over Priest. Gargano dodges The Big Boot. Gargano ducks under two clotheslines from Priest. Priest with a Spinning Heel Kick. Priest drops Gargano with a running haymaker. Priest kicks Gargano in the chest. Priest is mauling Gargano in the corner. Priest with the irish whip. Priest goes for a Tilt-A-Whirl BackBreaker, but Gargano lands back on his feet. Gargano is trying to bring Priest down to the mat. Gargano negates The Reckoning. Gargano with a knife edge chop. Priest answers with a Teep Kick. Priest whips Gargano across the ring. Priest with a leaping back elbow strike for a one count. Priest applies a top wrist lock. Gargano denies The Old School. Priest with a forearm smash. Gargano kicks the left knee of Priest. Gargano throws Priest off the ring apron. Gargano lands The Suicide Dive.

Gargano whips Priest into the steel ring steps. Priest with a straight right hand. Gargano kicks Priest in the chest. Gargano with clubbing blows to Priest back. Gargano gets Priest tied up in the ropes. Gargano with forearm shivers. Gargano with a Running Dropkick. Gargano follows that with a SomerSault Senton for a two count. Gargano wraps his legs around the left shoulder of Priest. Gargano applies the single leg crab. Priest kicks Gargano out of the ring. Priest with heavy bodyshots. Gargano kicks the left hamstring of Priest. Priest launches Gargano to the corner. Gargano kicks Priest in the face. Priest denies The Tornado DDT. Priest drives his boot into Gargano’s chest. Priest delivers his combination offense. Priest nails Gargano with The Bell Clap. Priest with The FlatLiner. Priest with Two Leaping Back Elbow Smashes. Priest hits The Broken Arrow for a two count. Gargano crawls under Priest. Gargano decks Priest with a back elbow smash. Gargano goes for a Rolling Enzuigiri, but Priest counters with a haymaker. Priest with a Full Nelson Face Plant. Priest goes for The Razor’s Edge, but Gargano counters with The Canadian Destroyer for a two count.

Forearm Exchange. Step Up Enzuigiri. Priest drops Gargano with a SpringBoard Forearm Smash. Gargano dodges The Cyclone Kick. Gargano sends Priest shoulder first into the steel ring post. Gargano clotheslines Priest over the top rope. Priest catches Gargano in mid-air. Gargano negates The South Of Heaven. Gargano SuperKicks Priest. Priest kicks Gargano off the apron. Priest with The Razor’s Edge into the apron for a two count. Gargano delivers the chop block. Priest clotheslines Gargano. Gargano repeatedly kicks Priest in the face. Gargano with a RoundHouse Kick. Priest goes for The Reckoning, but Gargano counters with The Standing Slice Bread for a two count. Gargano mocks Priest. Gargano rolls Priest over for a two count. Gargano with a shoulder tackle. Gargano with an Apron Enzuigiri. Priest connects with The South Of Heaven for a two count. Gargano regroups on the outside. Priest goes for The SomerSault Plancha, but Gargano ducks out of the way. Gargano delivers the low blow. Gargano SuperKicks Priest for a two count. Gargano applies The Gargano Escape. Priest put his foot on the bottom rope which forces the break. Gargano repeatedly drives his knee into the left shoulder of Priest. Gargano is throwing haymakers at Priest. Second Forearm Exchange. Priest with a Spinning RoundHouse Kick. Gargano unloads Two SuperKicks. Priest negates The One Final Beat. Priest plants Gargano with The Draping Reckoning to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still WWE NXT North American Champion, Damian Priest via Pinfall 

Second Match: Kushida vs. The Velveteen Dream 

Kushida attacks Dream before the bell rings. Kushida hits Dream with his jacket. Kushida with clubbing blows to Dream’s back. Kushida with a forearm smash. Dream reverses out of the irish whip from Kushida. Kushida with a Running Boot. Kushida throws his jacket at Dream. Dream regroups on the outside. Dream launches a steel chair into the ring. The referee finally restores order. Kushida brings Dream down to the mat. Kushida grapples around Dream. Kushida applies a front face lock. Dream with a waist lock go-behind. Kushida applies an arm-bar. Kusida backs Dream into the ropes. The referee calls for a clean break. Kushida slaps Dream in the face. Kushida ducks a clothesline from Dream. Kushida mocks Dream. Dream runs after Kushida. Kushida thrust kicks the midsection of Dream. Kushida with a Rolling Capo Kick. Kushida with a running arm-bar takedown. Dream begs for mercy. Dream side steps Kushida into the turnbuckles. Dream blocks a boot from Kushida. Kushida with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Kushida with an Inverted Atomic Drop.

Kushida goes for a drop toe hold, but Dream blocks it. Kushida uses his legs to trap Dream’s arms. Kushida falls back into the canvas. Dream drops Kushida with The Big Boot. Dream dumps Kushida out of the ring. Dream with a Flying Double Axe Handle Strike. Dream slams Kushida’s head on the plexiglass. Dream resets the referee’s  ten count. Dream rolls Kushida back into the ring. Dream punches Kushida in the back. Dream uppercuts Kushida for a one count. Dream with a forearm smash. Dream hits The Bronco Buster. Dream taunts the crowd. Dream blocks a boot from Kushida. Forearm Exchange. Dream reverses out of the irish whip from Kushida. Kushida goes for a HandSpring Back Elbow, but Dream counters with The Sleeper Hold. Kushida decks Dream with a back elbow smash. Second Forearm Exchange. Kushida Spears Dream. Kushida transitions into a ground and pound attack. Kushida with a Hip Toss. Kushida follows that with The Cartwheel Dropkick. Kushida drops Dream with The Shotei.

Kushida repeatedly stomps on Dream’s back and face. The referee admonishes Kushida. Dream launches Kushida over the top rope. Kushida repeatedly drives Dream shoulder first into the steel ring post. Dream says that he’s sorry. Kushida dropkicks the left shoulder of Dream into the steel ring steps. Dream SuperKicks Kushida. Dream goes for The Purple Rain Maker, but Kushida counters with The Cross-Arm-Breaker. Dream exits the ring. Dream is throwing haymakers at Kushida. Dream with a thumb to the eye. Dream PowerBombs Kushida for a two count. Kushida applies another arm-bar. Dream hits The Dream Valley Driver. Dream connects with The Purple Rain Maker for a two count. Dream talks smack to Kushida. Dream with an Inside Out Lariat. Dream ascends to the top turnbuckle. Kushida with forearm shivers. Kushida with an Avalanche Hammerlock Take Down. Kushida applies The HoverBoard Lock. Dream refuses to quit. Kushida negates The Dream Valley Driver. Kushida makes Dream tap out to The HoverBoard Lock. After the match, Kushida transitions into a ground and pound attack. Kushida applies The Cross-Arm-Breaker.

Winner: Kushida via Submission 

Third Match: Santos Escobar (c) vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott For The WWE NXT Cruiserweight Championship 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Wrist Lock Exchange. Escobar with an arm-drag takeover. Escobar goes for a Running Hurricanrana, but Scott lands back on his feet. Scottt talks smack to Escobar. Scott rolls under a clothesline from Escobar. Scott with a HeadScissors TakeOver. Scott with a single leg takedown. Scott goes for a German Suplex, but Escobar rolls him over for a two count. Leg Sweep Exchange. That leads us to a quick standoff in the center of the ring. Scott blocks a punch from Escobar. Scott with a Spinning Back Kick. Escobar drops Scott with a leaping forearm smash. Scott monkey flips Escobar over the top rope. Scott with The Apron MoonSault. Scott lands The Corkscrew Plancha. Escobar regroups on the outside. Scott hits The Fosbury Flop. Scott rolls Escobar back into the ring. Scott with the cover for a two count. Escobar exits the ring. Scott works on his joint manipulation game. Scott hooks the outside leg for a two count. Scott falls on the left shoulder of Escobar. Scott stomps on Escobar’s chest. Scott with a Northern Light’s Suplex. Scott applies The Cross-Arm-Breaker. Escobar puts his feet under the bottom rope which forces the break.

Scott slams the left shoulder of Escobar on the middle rope. Escobar slams Scott’s head on the top rope. Escobar kicks Scott off the ring apron. Escobar lands The Suicide Dive. Escobar rolls Scott back into the ring. Escobar with the cover for a one count. Escobar clotheslines Scott. Escobar with a Leaping Meteora. Escobar puts Scott on the top turnbuckle. Escobar slaps Scott in the face. Escobar with a Top Rope FrankenSteiner. Escobar with an elbow drop for a two count. Escobar repeatedly stomps on Scott’s chest. Escobar is choking Scott with his boot. Escobar toys around with Scott. Escobar tries to spit in Scott’s face. Haymaker Exchange. Scott is mauling Escobar in the chest. Scott with a Discus Lariat. Scott with a Running European Uppercut. Following a snap mare takeover, Scott with a Flying European Uppercut across the back of Escobar’s neck. Scott unloads Two Pump Kicks. Scott rolls Escobar back into the ring. Scott hits The Roll Through FlatLiner.

Scott tugs on Escobar’s hair. Escobar kicks Scott in the chest. Scott dropkicks the knees of Escobar. Scott drops Escobar with The Leaping DDT for a two count. The referee is distracted by Legado Del Fantasma. Escobar negates The JML Driver. Raul Mendoza trips Scott from the outside. Escobar with The ShoulderBreaker for a two count. Escobar gets draped across the top rope. Scott with a Leaping FrankenSteiner into Legado Del Fantasma. Ashante Thee Adonis attacks Legado Del Fantasma. Scott decks Escobar with a back elbow smash. Scott goes for The Roll Through FlatLiner, but Escobar counters with a single leg dropkick. Escobar connects with The Phantom Driver for a two count. Escobar repeatedly stomps on Scott’s chest. Escobar hits The Three Amigos. Escobar goes for The Frog Splash, but Scott ducks out of the way.  Scott stomps on the left shoulder of Escobar. Scott delivers The House Call. Scott lands The 450 Splash for a two count. Escobar and Scott tumbles to the floor. Escobar negates The JML Driver. Escobar sends Scott head first into the steel buckle. Escobar plants Scott with The Butterfly FaceBuster to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still WWE NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Santos Escobar via Pinfall 

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

Quick shoving contest after the bell rings. LeRae applies a side headlock. Shirai whips LeRae across the ring. Shirai ducks a clothesline from LeRae. LeRae drops down on the canvas. Shirai showcases her athleticism. Shirai with a Hip Toss. Shirai with a basement dropkick. LeRae regroups on the outside. Standing Switch Exchange. Shirai goes for an O’Connor Roll, but LeRae holds onto the ropes. Shirai with an arm-drag takeover. LeRae side steps Shirai into the turnbuckles. LeRae goes for a monkey flip, but Shirai lands back on her feet. LeRae exits the ring. Shirai with a shoulder block. Shirai goes for a Sunset Bomb, but LeRae blocks it. LeRae with a SpringBoard Crossbody Block. Shirai responds with a Rebound Kick. Shirai with The Asai MoonSault. Shirai rolls LeRae back into the ring. Shirai with the cover for a one count. Shirai repeatedly stomps on LeRae’s chest. Shirai is choking LeRae with her boot. Shirai with a Corner Meteora for a two count. LeRae reverses out of the irish whip from Shirai. Shirai side steps LeRae into the turnbuckles. LeRae denies The Pendulum Kick. LeRae hits The Draping BackStabber for a two count.

LeRae applies a rear chin lock. Shirai with elbows into the midsection of LeRae. LeRae punches Shirai in the back. LeRae goes for a Tilt-A-Whirl HeadScissors TakeOver, but Shirai lands back on her feet. LeRae with a Running Lariat for a two count. LeRae toys around with Shirai. LeRae rams Shirai’s face across the middle rope. Following a snap mare takeover, LeRae with a Running Neck Snap for a two count. LeRae applies a top wrist lock. LeRae pulls Shirai down to the mat for a two count. LeRae kicks Shirai in the back. LeRae with a Pendulum BackBreaker for a two count. LeRae repeatedly drives Shirai chest first into the turnbuckles. LeRae with a running elbow smash. LeRae talks smack to Shirai. Shirai slaps LeRae in the face. LeRae with clubbing blows to Shirai’s back. LeRae slams Shirai’s head on two turnbuckle pads. LeRae repeatedly stomps on Shirai’s chest. The referee admonishes LeRae. LeRae with Two Hair Biels. LeRae with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. LeRae with another cover for a two count. LeRae is displaying her frustration.

LeRae repeatedly drives her knee into Shirai’s back. LeRae applies the cravate. LeRae drives her knee into the midsection of Shirai. LeRae shoves Shirai. Shirai side steps LeRae into the turnbuckles. LeRae goes for a Senton Splash, but Shirai ducks out of the way. Shirai with The Roll Through Double Foot Stomp. Shirai with two shoudler tackles. Shirai hits The FlapJack. Shirai follows that with The Tiger Feint Kick. Shirai with a SpringBoard Missile Dropkick for a two count. Shirai goes for a Cazadora Bulldog, but LeRae counters with The Face Plant. LeRae with a Senton Splash. LeRae goes for The Quebrada, but Shirai counters with a low kick. Shirai with The Double UnderHook BackBreaker. Shirai ascends to the top turnbuckle. LeRae with The SitOut PowerBomb. Shirai responds with The Shot Gun Meteora. LeRae rolls Shirai over for a two count.

Shirai with an open palm strike. Shirai with a Release German Suplex. LeRae side steps Shirai into the ropes. LeRae with a Snap German Suplex. LeRae with The BackStabber. LeRae connects with The Quebrada for a two count. LeRae repeatedly slaps Shirai in the face. Shirai applies The CrossFace. LeRae rolls Shirai over for a two count. LeRae applies The Gargano Escape. Shirai grabs the bottom rope which forces the break. LeRae inadvertently knocks down the referee. Shirai hits The Air Raid Crash. Shirai goes for The MoonSault, but LeRae gets her knees up in the air. LeRae SuperKicks Shirai. LeRae delivers The Wicked Step Sister. Johnny Gargano runs into the ring wearing a referee shirt. LeRae hooks the outside leg for a two count. LeRae is shocked. The referee is trying to get Gargano out of the ring. LeRae clocks Shirai with the NXT Women’s Championship for a two count. Shirai nails LeRae with The Shotei. Shirai an Avalanche Spanish Fly. Shirai lands The MoonSault to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still WWE NXT Women’s Champion, Io Shirai via Pinfall 

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

Feeling out process after the bell rings. O’Reilly kicks the left leg of Balor. Hand fighting. Standing Switch Exchange. O’Reilly applies a wrist lock. Balor with a waist lock takedown.. Chain grappling exchange. Balor applies a headscissors neck lock. O’Reilly pops back on his feet. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Balor applies a side headlock. O’Reilly whips Balor across the ring. Balor drops O’Reilly with a shoulder tackle. Balor with a side headlock takeover. O’Reilly with a Belly to Back Suplex. Balor still has grasp of the side headlock. Balor goes for a sunset flip, but O’Reilly counters with The Cross-Arm-Breaker. Balor put his foot on the bottom rope which forces the break. O’Reilly kicks Balor in the back. O’Reilly works on the left shoulder of Balor. O’Reilly with a wrist lock takedown. O’Reilly applies a hammerlock. O’Reilly with an arm-bar takedown. O’Reilly with clubbing knee smashes. O’Reilly applies a hammerlock. Balor with a double leg takedown. Balor grabs a side head lock. O’Reilly goes back to another hammerlock. Balor repeatedly drives his knee into O’Reilly’s face. O’Reilly applies the standing arm-bar.

O’Reilly goes for a sunset flip, but Balor counters with a basement dropkick. Balor kicks O’Reilly in the back. Balor with the cover for a two count. Balor stomps on the left shoulder of O’Reilly. Balor applies an arm-bar. Balor mocks O’Reilly. Balor drops his weight on the left shoulder of O’Reilly. Balor applies a hammerlock. Balor repeatedly drives his knee into the O’Reilly’s back. Balor hammers down on the left shoulder of O’Reilly. Balor with a knife edge chop. Balor is trying to hyperextend the left shoulder of O’Reilly. Balor unloads two knife edge chops. Balor kicks O’Reilly in the ribs. Balor with the irish whip. Balor with a series of running chops. O’Reilly drops Balor with a running knee lift. Balor with a knife edge chop. O’Reilly responds with a Pop Up Mid-Kick. O’Reilly with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. O’Reilly delivers his combination offense. O’Reilly with a flying forearm smash. O’Reilly with an arm-ringer. Balor answers with a forearm smash. O’Reilly drives his knee into the midsection of Balor. O’Reilly with Two Rolling Butterfly Suplex’s. O’Reilly follows that with The Double UnderHook DDT for a two count. Balor hammers down on the back of O’Reilly’s neck. O’Reilly kicks the left hamstring of Balor. O’Reilly with a flurry of strikes. Balor shoves O’Reilly. Forearm Exchange. Balor thrust kicks the midsection of O’Reilly. Balor repeatedly stomps on O’Reilly’s chest. Balor kicks O’Reilly in the ribs.

Balor continues to stomp on O’Reilly’s chest. The referee admonishes Balor. Balor slams O’Reilly’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Balor with clubbing shoulder blocks. Balor sends O’Reilly chest first into the turnbuckles. Balor with a knife edge chop. Balor with a forearm shot across the back of O’Reilly. Balor kicks O’Reilly in the ribs. Balor with a Seated Senton. Balor applies a rear chin lock. Balor with a leaping elbow drop for a two count. Balor is picking O’Reilly apart. Balor applies the abdominal stretch. O’Reilly with a Hip Toss. Balor with a running chop. O’Reilly answers with a running knee lift. O’Reilly with The Regal Plex for a two count. O’Reilly punches Balor in the back. Balor drops O’Reilly with a Spinning Headlock Elbow Drop. Balor hits The SlingBlade. O’Reilly dropkicks the left knee of Balor. Balor applies the abdominal stretch. O’Reilly with The Knee Crusher. Balor applies The Sharpshooter. O’Reilly is bleeding from the mouth. O’Reilly grabs the bottom rope which forces the break.

Balor toys around with O’Reilly. O’Reilly with forearm shivers. Balor kicks O’Reilly in the gut. O’Reilly kicks the left knee of Balor. Ax and Smash. Balor with The Pele Kick. O’Reilly responds with The Rebound Lariat. O’Reilly with a Mid-Kick. Balor slaps O’Reilly in the face. O’Reilly negates The 1916. O’Reilly applies The Guillotine Choke. O’Reilly with a running knee strike. O’Reilly drills Balor with The BrainBuster for a two count. O’Reilly applies The Cross-Arm-Breaker. Balor repeatedly stomps on O’Reilly’s jaw. Balor with forearm shivers across the back of O’Reilly. Balor connects with The 1916 for a two count. O’Reilly has Balor perched on the top turnbuckle. O’Reilly with Two Dragon Screw Leg Whips. O’Reilly with Two Flying Knee Drops. O’Reilly applies The Heel Hook. Balor refuses to quit. O’Reilly kicks the left hamstring of Balor. Balor with a Standing Double Foot Stomp. O’Reilly with a Rising Knee Strike. O’Reilly goes for a Release German Suplex, but Balor lands back on his feet. Balor with another Standing Double Foot Stomp. Balor lands The Coupe De Grace to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still WWE NXT Champion, Finn Balor via Pinfall 

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Author: Josh Lopez