WWE NXT Results (3/31/21): The Gauntlet Eliminator Qualifying Battle Royal

WWE NXT
March 31, 2021
The Capitol Wrestling Center
Orlando, Florida

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Commentators: Vic Joseph, Wade Barrett, and Beth Phoenix

Transcription by Josh Lopez

First Match: Roderick Strong vs. Cameron Grimes 

Strong attacks Grimes before the bell rings. Strong with clubbing blows to Grimes back. Grimes drives Strong back first into the ring apron. Strong and Grimes are trading back and forth shots. Strong with a double leg takedown. Strong grapples around Grimes. Strong is raining down haymakers. Strong with two knee lifts. Strong punches Grimes in the back. Grimes decks Strong with a back elbow smash. Grimes with a sliding forearm smash. Grimes with a knee drop. Grimes applies a front face lock. Strong with a knife edge chop. Grimes answers with a shoulder block. Grimes slings Strong across the ring. Grimes backs Strong into the ropes. The referee calls for a clean break. Grimes repeatedly stomps on Strong’s chest. Grimes talks smack to Strong. Strong with Two Running Boots. Strong punches Grimes in the back. Forearm Exchange. Strong drives his knee into the midsection of Grimes. Strong with a blistering chop. Strong tells Grimes to shut up.

Strong stomps on Grimes chest. Grimes drives Strong face first into the top turnbuckle pad. Grimes kicks Strong in the chest. Knife Edge Chop Exchange. Grimes rakes the eyes of Strong. Grimes with two toe kicks. Strong reverses out of the irish whip from Grimes. Strong dropkicks Grimes. Strong clotheslines Grimes over the top rope. Strong with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick. Strong unloads two knife edge chops. Strong tees off on Grimes. Grimes shoves Strong into the steel pillars. Grimes has Strong draped across the apron. Grimes uppercuts Strong. Grimes is choking Strong with his knee. Grimes mocks The Undisputed Era. Strong kicks the left knee of Grimes. Grimes with a corner clothesline. Grimes whips Strong into the turnbuckles. Grimes rams his knuckles across Strong’s face. Grimes applies an arm-bar. Strong backs Grimes into the turnbuckles. Strong with a knife edge chop. Grimes reverses out of the irish whip from Strong. Grimes with a knee drop.

Grimes applies a top wrist lock. Strong is lighting up Grimes chest. Grimes reverses out of the irish whip from Strong. Grimes ducks a clothesline from Strong. Grimes hits The Uranage Slam for a two count. Grimes relying too much on the arm-bar variations. Strong whips Grimes across the ring. Grimes kicks Strong in the chest. Strong kicks Grimes in the face. Strong with a chop/forearm combination. Strong clotheslines Grimes. Grimes scores the forearm knockdown for a two count. Grimes applies a waist lock. Strong with The Northern Lights Suplex. Strong with The Uranage BackBreaker for a two count. Strong follows that with a chop/forearm combination. Strong puts Grimes on the top turnbuckle. Strong with two haymakers. Strong with The SuperPlex for a two count. Strong unloads a series of running forearm smashes. Grimes delivers The Collision Course for a two count. Strong responds with The Olympic Slam. Strong gets distracted by an Undisputed Era wrist band. Grimes connects with The Cave-In to pickup the victory.

Winner: Cameron Grimes via Pinfall 

– WALTER Vignette.

Second Match: Santos Escobar w/Legado Del Fantasma vs. Tyler Breeze 

Escobar kicks Breeze in the gut. Escobar with two haymakers. Escobar repeatedly stomps on Breeze’s chest. Escobar talks smack to Breeze. Escobar with a Corner Dropkick. Breeze fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Breeze dropkicks Escobar. Breeze repeatedly stomps on Escobar’s chest. Breeze with the irish whip. Escobar dives over Breeze. Breeze with a ShotGun Dropkick. Breeze is choking Escobar with his boot. Breeze dumps Escobar out of the ring. Breeze rolls Escobar back into the ring. Escobar with a basement dropkick. Escobar whips Breeze across the ring. Escobar drops down on the canvas. Escobar dropkicks Breeze for a two count. Escobar kicks Breeze in the gut. Escobar with the irish whip. Breeze side steps Escobar into the turnbuckles. Breeze with an Apron Enzuigiri. Breeze wraps the left leg of Escobar around the steel ring post. Breeze SuperKicks Wilde. Breeze drives Mendoza face first into the ring post. Breeze with a Leaping Enzuigiri.

Escobar regains control of the match during the commercial break. Escobar grapevines the legs of Breeze. Escobar slaps Breeze in the chest. Escobar with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Escobar is mauling Breeze in the corner. Escobar drops Breeze with The Leaping Meteora for a two count. Escobar with a GutBuster. Escobar applies The Romero Special. Escobar with the lateral press for a one count. Escobar slaps Breeze in the face. Escobar with a knife edge chop. Escobar kicks Breeze in the gut. Escobar with the irish whip. Breeze uses his feet to create separation. Breeze transitions into a ground and pound attack. Breeze with three elbow drops across the left knee of Escobar. Breeze drops his weight on the left leg of Escobar. Breeze with a Flying Forearm Smash. Breeze with a knee drop. Breeze hits The SpineBuster. Breeze applies The Sharpshooter. Escobar grabs the bottom rope which forces the break. Escobar denies The Unprettier. Escobar with a leg lariat. Escobar connects with The Phantom Driver to pickup the victory.

Winner: Santos Escobar via Pinfall 

Third Match: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell vs. Gigi Dolin & Zayda Ramier 

Indi Hartwell and Gigi Dolin will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Hartwell backs Dolin into the turnbuckles. Standing Switch Exchange. Dolin applies The Full Nelson Lock. Dolin transitions into a standing cravate. Following a snap mare takeover, Dolin kicks Hartwell in the back. Dolin punches Hartwell in the back. Hartwell dodges The Running Boot. Hartwell dumps Dolin face first on the top turnbuckle pad. Hartwell with The Side Walk Slam for a two count. Dolin shoves Hartwell. LeRae tags herself in. Dolin brings LeRae down to the mat. LeRae push kicks Dolin. Dolin with a drop toe hold into the middle turnbuckle pad. Hartwell tags herself in.

Dolin decks Hartwell with a back elbow smash. Dolin tags in Ramier. Ramier ducks a clothesline from Hartwell. Ramier with Two Flying Forearm Smashes. Ramier hits The SlingBlade. Ramier with a corner clothesline. Ramier with a running uppercut. Hartwell dodges The Spinning Wheel Kick. Ramier with a Step Up Enzuigiri for a two count. Ramier applies a front face lock. Hartwell drops Ramier with The SpineBuster. Hartwell tags in LeRae. LeRae knocks Dolin off the ring apron. Ramier with an inside cradle for a two count. LeRae SuperKicks Ramier. LeRae tags in Hartwell. LeRae delivers The Wicked Step Sister. Hartwell connects with The SpringBoard Elbow Drop to pickup the victory.

Winner: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell via Pinfall 

Fourth Match: Raquel Gonzalez w/Dakota Kai vs. Zoey Stark 

Stark sticks and moves after the bell rings. Gonzalez sends Stark back first into the turnbuckles. Gonzalez with a straight right hand. Gonzalez decks Stark with a back elbow smash. Stark side steps Gonzalez into the turnbuckles. Stark repeatedly kicks the left hamstring of Gonzalez. Gonzalez is pissed. Stark with a Running Hurricanrana. Stark with a Running Uppercut. Gonzalez launches Stark over the top rope. Stark with a shoulder block. Stark slips over Gonzalez’s back. Stark with a ShotGun Dropkick. Gonzalez denies The Monkey Flip. Gonzalez sends Stark face first into the canvas for a two count. Gonzalez toys around with Stark. Gonzalez with three elbow drops for a two count. Gonzalez applies a rear chin lock.

Gonzalez transitions into a top wrist lock. Stark delivers her combination offense. Gonzalez reverses out of the irish whip from Stark. Stark SuperKicks Gonzalez. Stark with a Rising Knee Strike. Stark sends Gonzalez tumbles to the floor. Gonzalez catches Stark in mid-air. Stark sends Gonzalez face first into the steel ring post. Kai rocks Stark with a forearm smash. Stark clotheslines Kai over the ringside barricade. Stark ducks a clothesline from Gonzalez. Stark with a Jumping Knee Strike. Stark with a Discus Back Elbow Smash. Stark thrust kicks the midsection of Gonzalez. Stark drops Gonzalez with The Sliding Knee Strike for a two count. Gonzalez has Stark perched on the top turnbuckle. Stark with desperation haymakers. Stark hits The BlockBuster for a two count. Gonzalez denies the sunset flip. Gonzalez connects with The One-Arm PowerBomb to pickup the victory. After the match, Gonzalez starts brawling with Io Shirai. Gonzalez throws Shirai into the plexiglass.

Winner: Raquel Gonzalez via Pinfall 

NXT Prime Target: Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly 

Fifth Match: Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter vs. Xia Li w/Tian Sha & Boa In A Two On One Handicap Match

Kacy Catanzaro and Xia Li will start things off. Li with an arm-bar takedown. Catanzaro applies The Sleeper Hold. Li sends Catanzaro back first into the turnbuckles. Catanzaro tags in Carter. Carter dropkicks Li. Carter slams Li’s  head on the top turnbuckle pad. Carter with a toe kick. Li blocks a boot from Carter. Carter with a forearm smash. Carter tags in Catanzaro. Catanzaro and Carter gangs up on Li. Catanzaro with a Diving Corner Clothesline. Catanzaro with a SomerSault Leg Drop for a two count.

Li regroups on the outside. Li drives Catanzaro back first into the ring apron. Li throws Catanzaro into the ringside barricade. Li rolls Catanzaro back into the ring. Li goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Catanzaro counters with an inside cradle for a one count. Catanzaro hits The Spinning CodeBreaker. Carter talks smack to Tian Sha. Sha starts choking out Carter on the stage. Sha blows smoke into Carter’s face. Catanzaro kicks the left knee of Li. Li with a Jumping Knee Strike. Li connects with The Windmill Kick to pickup the victory.

Winner: Xia Li via Pinfall 

Tommaso Ciampa Promo 

Updated WWE NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver Match Card 

Night 1 

1.) MSK vs. The Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Legado Del Fantasma In A Triple Threat Match For The Vacated WWE NXT Tag Team Championship

2.) Gauntlet Eliminator Match. The Winner Will Battle Johnny Gargano On Night Two For The WWE NXT North American Championship

3.) WALTER (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa For The WWE United Kingdom Championship

4.) Io Shirai (c) vs. Raquel Gonzalez For The WWE NXT Women’s Championship

5.) Pete Dunne vs. Kushida

Night 2 

1.) Jordan Devlin (c) vs. Santos Escobar (c) In A Ladder Match For The Unified WWE NXT Cruiserweight Championship

2.) Johnny Gargano (c) vs. TBD For The WWE NXT North American Championship

3.) Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly In An Unsanctioned Match

4.) Finn Balor (c) vs. Killer Kross w/Scarlett Bordeaux For The WWE NXT Championship

5.) Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart (c) vs. Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell For The WWE NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship

Sixth Match: The Gauntlet Eliminator Qualifying Battle Royal 

The final six men will advance to the gauntlet eliminator match on night one of NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver.

The Participants (Pete Dunne, Kushida, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Leon Ruff, Dexter Lumis, Austin Theory, LA Knight, Bronson Reed, Tyler Rust, Jake Atlas, and Cameron Grimes)

1.) Jake Atlas was eliminated by Isaiah “Swerve” Scott

2.) Tyler Rust was eliminated by Isaiah “Swerve” Scott

3.) Austin Theory was eliminated by Bronson Reed

4.) Kushida was eliminated by Pete Dunne

5.) Pete Dunne was eliminated by Kushida

6.) Leon Ruff was eliminated by Bronson Reed

7.) Isaiah “Swerve” Scott was eliminated by Bronson Reed

8.) Bronson Reed was eliminated by Dexter Lumis, LA Knight, and Cameron Grimes

9.) Cameron Grimes was eliminated by Dexter Lumis & LA Knight

10.) Dexter Lumis was eliminated by LA Knight

Winner: LA Knight 

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Author: Josh Lopez