May 13, 2020
Winter Park, Florida (Full Sail University)
Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Tom Phillips, and Beth Phoenix
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- NXT Tag Team Championship: Imperium (Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner) defeated Matt Riddle & Timothy Thatcher (c) to win the titles via European Bomb on Riddle after Thatcher walked out
- Tegan Nox defeated Indi Hartwell via the Shiniest Wizard
- Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Match: Jake Atlas (1-1) defeated Tony Nese (0-2) via Rainbow DDT
- Cameron Grimes defeated Finn Bálor via the Cave In after Damian Priest attacked Balor
- Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Match: Gentleman Jack Gallagher (0-2) defeated Isaiah “Swerve” Scott (1-1) via discus elbow
- Kayden Carter defeated Aliyah via death lock submission
- Matt Riddle defeated Timothy Thatcher via counter into a pinfall
NXT Tag Team Championship
Matt Riddle & Timothy Thatcher (c) vs. Imperium (Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner)
Thatcher will start against Barthel. Thatcher takes him down with a hammerlock and picks up a one count. Barthel tries to get away, but Thatcher grounds him with the hammerlock. Barthel applies a head-scissor, but Thatcher gets out and applies a bow and arrow stretch. Barthel gets out and takes him down before slapping away at him. They lock their legs and Thatcher rolls him to punch away at him before applying a cross arm breaker. Barthel immediately gets to the bottom rope. Fabian Aichner blind tags in and hits Thatcher with an arm drag. Riddle attacks Barthel outside the ring and punches him against the barricade. Thatcher looks for a tag, but Riddle isn’t there. Thatcher isn’t happy. Aichner takes Thatcher down, but Thatcher quickly fights up. Riddle returns to the apron and tags in. Aichner shoulder blocks him down, but Riddle quickly comes back with a sleeper hold. Aichner gets out, and Riddle gives him a gutwrench suplex. Barthel tags in, but Riddle quickly hits a gutwrench suplex on him. Riddle goes for a Broton, but Barthel gets the knees up. Aichner tags in and takes Riddle down for a two count.
We come back from the break to see Aichner applying a chin lock to Riddle. Barthel tags in and takes Riddle down for a two count. Aichner tags back in and punches away at Riddle. Aichner chokes him with his boot before pulling the hair. Barthel tags, but Riddle rights them off. Barthel cuts Riddle off and goes for a sunset flip. Riddle rolls through and goes for a Final Flash, but Riddle ducks. Riddle elbows him in the ear and kicks him in the head. Barthel grabs Riddle, but Riddle counters with a monkey flip that inadvertently sends Barthel into Thatcher! Thatcher is furious and shouts that he’s done with Riddle. Riddle is stunned.
Aichner attacks Riddle from behind. Riddle gets out a European Bomb. Riddle hits Aichner with a Bro To Sleep before hitting Bartel with a Final Flash. Aichner quickly hits Riddle with a spinebuster. Barthel hits a PK. Imperium hits Riddle with a European Bomb for the win!
Winners by Pinfall and new NXT Tag Team Champions: Imperium
Backstage: Timothy Thatcher, Matt Riddle
Timothy Thatcher is interviewed backstage about why he walked out on Matt Riddle. Thatcher says he wants to be Tag Team Champion, but Riddle is too much a hot mess with his game shows, flip flops, and goofiness. Riddle walks up to him and is furious. They get into a shoving match before referees separate them.
Tegan Nox vs. Indi Hartwell
The bell rings, and they lock up before Hartwell shoves her off. They lock up again, and Hartwell powers her down. Nox goes for an arm drag, but Hartwell doesn’t budge. Hartwell takes her down and talks some trash. Hartwell strikes Nox down for a two count. Nox goes for a roll-up, but Hartwell won’t go down. Hartwell clubs the back and stomps her down. Nox tries to punch back, but Hartwell clubs her. Nox kicks her away, but Hartwell strikes her down again before hitting a sidewalk slam for a two count. Hartwell whips Nox into the corner, but he runs into an elbow. Nox then sends her to the apron. Hartwell shoulders her back and goes for a springboard, but Nox counters into a Chokeslam. Nox chops the chest a few times before Hartwell sends her to the corner. Nox leaps over her and hits an uppercut. Nox takes Hartwell down and connects with a cannon-boar. Nox hits a top rope cross-body block. Nox follows up with the Shiniest Wizard for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Tegan Nox
Backstage: Rhea Ripley
Rhea Ripley says she hasn’t rested well since WrestleMania. The thought of Charlotte Flair walking around with her title sickens her. The person to bring the title back to NXT is going to be her. If she has to beat that into Io Shirai to get there, so be it. As a stupid old man used to say, they’ve only just begun because that title belongs to her.
Backstage: Matt Riddle, Timothy Thatcher
Matt Riddle is shown completing a FaceTime conversation with NXT General Manager William Regal. Riddle is asked what that conversation was about. Riddle says Regal gave him what he wants: a match against Tim Thatcher. Thatcher viciously attacks him from behind before hitting him with a monitor. A referee runs in to get him away.
Backstage: Jake Atlas
Jake Atlas is interviewed about needing to win this match to stay alive in this tournament. Atlas says he has to beat a former Cruiserweight Champion. Atlas says he’s hoping Drake Maverick can beat Kushida to force a tie.
Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Match
Tony Nese (0-2) vs. Jake Atlas (1-1)
Atlas takes Nese down before applying a chin lock. Atlas applies an arm bar, but Nese backs him into the ropes. Nese applies a side headlock, but Atlas twists out and applies a side headlock. Nese hits some kicks to the chest and avoids a standing moonsault from Atlas. Atlas does a backflip and bows. Nese punches him in the face and leaps over the top rope to snap him. Nese punches away at him in the ring. Nese kicks him in the midsection before clubbing him down. Nese connects with a suplex for a two count. Nese applies a front facelock before applying a waistlock. Nese clubs him in the back, but Atlas comes back with a big boot and a German Suplex. Atlas follows up with a step-up enzuigiri for a two count.
Nese quickly chops him back before backing him to the corner. Nese goes for a pumphandle, but Atlas slides off and hits a neckbreaker. Atlas goes to the top rope, but Nese cuts him off with an uppercut. Nese chops the chest wildly to lean him toward the apron. Nese kicks him in the head, but Atlas holds on to the top turnbuckle. Nese knocks him to the apron and gets on the second turnbuckle. Atlas chops and clubs him before taking him down to the canvas. Atlas connects with a Rainbow DDT for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Jake Atlas (2-1)
Segment: Undisputed Era
The Undisputed ERA speak with each other on a Zoom meeting. Kyle O’Reilly says he’s “on location” and that’s why he can’t be there. Cole talks about how he embarrassed Velveteen Dream. Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong are upset about Dexter Lumis, but they know the Undisputed ERA. will come out on top.
Video: Karrion Kross, Scarlett
Karrion Kross and Scarlett are shown in a video with the classic PPV song “The End is Here” playing. Kross says they’re here to take down all the black hearts in NXT.
Video: Dakota Kai, Raquel Gonzalez
Video Package: Dakota Kai talks about knowing something needed to change when she was completing her rehab. Kai puts over Raquel Gonzalez as the only woman that has her back. Gonzalez says they know what it’s like to be outsiders.
Backstage: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott is interviewed about his match against Jack Gallagher being a “win or go home” match. Scott says he’s confident and if he couldn’t get a single win in this tournament, he’d quit wrestling. It’s time to protect Swerve’s house.
Segment: Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Road Dogg
Triple H and Shawn Michaels of DX are shown. William Regal couldn’t be here, so they’re making the announcement. It’s the 25th anniversary of the In Your House debut, so NXT will TakeOver once again. Road Dogg pops up and says he was on the first In Your House against Razor Ramon. Triple H says since many people are in their houses, on June 7 on the WWE Network we’ll have NXT TakeOver: In Your House. If you’re not down with that, we’ve got two words for ya: Road Dogg says, “Pig crap!” Road Dogg is talking about Triple H being thrown into pig slop by Henry O. Godwinn on an In Your House event.
Finn Bálor vs. Cameron Grimes
Bálor avoids an immediate Cave In before taking him down and hitting a snapmare. Bálor applies a chin lock and cinches it in. Grimes goes to whip him off, but Bálor keeps the hold applied. Grimes rakes the eyes and applies an arm bar. Bálor stomps him and kicks the chest. Bálor chops the chest and whips him to the opposite corner. Grimes sidesteps him and slams him down before hitting some splashes. Grimes clubs away at the head before ripping at the eyes again. Grimes has a whip reversed, so he goes for a sunset flip. Bálor rolls through and dropkicks him in the face. Bálor goes for a Sling Blade, but Grimes counters into a slam for a near fall.
We come back from the break to see Bálor fight up from an arm bar and punch away at him. Grimes quickly knees him in the midsection for a two count. Bálor punches him back, but Grimes viciously whips him into the corner. Grimes steps on the face before clubbing the back. Grimes shoulders him in the lower back before whipping him to the corner again. Bálor quickly boots him back, but Grimes responds quickly with a clothesline for a two count. Grimes shouts says he’ll slap the piss out of him and slaps him in the face. Bálor quickly sweeps the feet and double stomps the chest. Bálor stomps away at him before Grimes rolls out of the ring. Grimes pulls him out, but Bálor quickly fights back and stomps him in the upper back from the apron. Bálor backs up and charges for a running kick to the face.
Damian Priest all of a sudden appears behind the barricade. Bálor punches him as he comes over. Bálor then hits a Sling Blade on the floor and puts him in the ring. Bálor goes to get in the ring, but Priest hits him in the back of the knee with the nightstick. Grimes follows up with a Cave In for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Cameron Grimes
Cameron Grimes celebrates and walks off. Priest slides a chair into the ring and hits Bálor with The Reckoning on it. Priest sets the chair up and places it over Bálor’s throat before saying he’s enjoyed attacking him, even three weeks ago. That’s how he’ll live in infamy: by taking on a Prince.
Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Match
Gentleman Jack Gallagher (0-2) vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott (1-1)
As Isaiah “Swerve” Scott makes his entrance, Tony Nese attacks him from behind and sends him into the ring steps. Nese is upset about Scott’s comments from before.
Scott gets in the ring and says he can do the match. Gallagher dropkicks him at the sound of the bell and covers, but Scott gets a foot on the bottom rope. Gallagher kicks away at the back for a one count. Gallagher kicks him down again for a two count. Gallagher applies a grounded abdominal stretch, but Scott fights up and takes him down. Gallagher fights him off, but Scott avoids a corner dropkick. Scott connects with the House Call, but Gallagher kicks out. Scott attacks and hits the ropes, but Gallagher counters with a guillotine submission. Scott collapses to the mat, but he fights up. Gallagher hits a discus elbow to the face for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Gentleman Jack Gallagher (1-2)
Both men are out of the running to be Interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion.
Kayden Carter vs. Aliyah
Aliyah quickly takes her down, but Carter quickly fights back. They get into a shoving match before Carter applies a waistlock. Carter rolls her down and hits a dropkick for a two count. Carter charges her in the corner, but Aliyah sidesteps her and kicks away at the back. Aliyah covers for a two count. Aliyah throws her across the ring and forearms away at her. Carter stomps her down, but Aliyah boots her back and chokes her on the ropes.
Robert Stone comes out to ringside to observe the match. Carter catches Aliyah with a roll-up, but Aliyah gets out and kicks her down. Aliyah asks Stone if he’s watching. Aliyah goes to the top rope, but Carter pulls her down and forearms away at her. Carter rolls her up before superkicking her for a two count. Carter applies a deathlock submission for the win.
Winner by Submission: Kayden Carter
Robert Stone looks really disappointed at the result and looks at her with disgust. Aliyah grabs his arm, but he takes her hand off him.
Segment: Dinner with the Garganos
It’s time for another dinner with the Garganos. Johnny Gargano shows clips of his match against Dominik Dijakovic. If you mention his name, there will be consequences. Candice LeRae talks about her match against Kacy Catanzaro, but that same night Mia Yim got a match against NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair. Yim has failed time after time, but she gets the world. Why? She panders to them. Gargano says Keith Lee has a terrible theme song and should stop worrying about everyone loving him. Lee isn’t emotionally prepared to deal with him.
And, ready for this?
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) May 14, 2020
Kushida (2-0) takes on Drake Maverick (1-1), and El Hijo del Fantasma (1-1) takes on Akira Tozawa (2-0) in Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Matches next week. We’ll also see Rhea Ripley return to action against Io Shirai.
Timothy Thatcher vs. Matt Riddle
They immediately begin brawling at the sound of the bell. Riddle kicks away at Thatcher before they tussle to the corner. Thatcher takes him down, but Riddle turns him over and punches away at him. Riddle kicks him in the back, but Thatcher takes him down. Riddle gets to the ropes to keep him back. Riddle takes Thatcher down, but Thatcher quickly turns him over and gets back on top. Riddle kicks him back and takes him down before elbowing him in the head. Thatcher clubs the back and goes for a wristlock. Riddle fights it and turns him over, but Thatcher applies an arm bar. Riddle fights out and kicks him in the head. Thatcher falls out of the ring.
We come back from the break to see Thatcher working on Riddle’s knee. During the commercial, Thatcher stomped on Riddle’s bare foot before hitting a belly-to-belly side suplex. Thatcher grounds and pounds Riddle before stomping the foot again and hitting a European Uppercut. Thatcher knees him in the back before digging an elbow into the neck. Riddle counters a slam into an arm bar. Thatcher fights out, but Riddle soon hits him with a one-armed slam.
They viciously go back and forth with punches and chops before Thatcher counters a kick into an ankle lock. Thatcher is kicked away, but he hits an Karelin Lift. Riddle quickly comes back with a Bro To Sleep. Thatcher gets the knees up on a Floating Bro before applying a Fujiwara Arm Bar. Riddle gets out and slams him down. Thatcher quickly takes him down and applies an arm bar before going to a knee bar. Riddle viciously kicks him, but Thatcher won’t let go. Riddle manages to turn him onto his shoulders for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Matt Riddle
Thatcher is stunned as he realizes what just happened. Thatcher attacks Riddle from behind before sending him into the corner shoulder-first. Thatcher hits Divorce Court and applies the Fujiwara Arm Bar. Riddle screams in pain as the show ends.