Event: WWE NXT
Date: January 15, 2020
Location: Full Sail University, Orlando, FL
WWE NXT Results and Highlights
This week’s episode of WWE NXT opened up with a graphic in memory of Hall Of Famer Rocky Johnson (Wayde Douglas Bowles) who passed away earlier today at the age of 75.
Undisputed ERA Assault Keith Lee: #1 Contender for NXT North American Championship Keith Lee was the first man to hit the ring tonight. Lee cut a promo on Undisputed ERA, stating the heel stable has reached its peak and its limit, while he is limitless. As soon as he had vowed to dethrone Roderick Strong, out came Adam Cole accompanied by Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish and the NXT North American Champion himself.
Cole reminded everyone of what they did to Imperium and Tommaso Ciampa, thereby declaring that Lee is their next victim. The heels then attempted to take Lee down but the latter managed to fend them off. However, the number’s game got the better of Blackzilla as Undisputed ERA chair-guillotined Lee and led a brutal assault before Ciampa made the save.
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic First Round | The BroserWeights (Matt Riddle & Pete Dunne) def. Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews: The hard-hitting, high-flying contest saw a constant shift in momentum but it didn’t take long for Dunne and Riddle to destroy Webster and Andrews with the unique combination of their in-ring styles. The OG Bro knocked Webster’s lights out with a Tombstone and assisted The Bruiserweight with the Bro 2 Sleep combo finisher on Andrews to pick up the pinfall victory.
Riddle and Dunne will face Imperium in the next round of the tournament.
Gargano Comes To Ciampa’s Rescue: Tommaso Ciampa cut a promo in the middle of the ring, addressing the onslaught from earlier tonight. He declared that NXT Champion Adam Cole is now officially on his hit list and vowed to recapture Goldie. Undisputed ERA rushed to the ring and beat him down.
Moments later, Rebel Heart hit the titantron and out came Johnny Gargano to rescue his old friend. The babyfaces cleared house before staring each other down and teasing a potential reunion amidst wild “DIY” chants.
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic First Round | The Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake & Zack Gibson) def. The Time Splitters (Alex Shelley & Kushida): Gibson shoved Kushida off the top rope right into the barrier and performed the double team Codebreaker on the debutant Shelley to score the victory.
Drake and Gibson will clash with NXT Tag Team Champions Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly in the next round of the tournament.
WWE Worlds Collide Qualifier | Isaiah “Swerve” Scott def. Tyler Breeze and Lio Rush: All three men shone throughout the fast-paced matchup with plenty of entertaining high-flying spots as crowd favorite Scott eventually hit the JML Driver on Breeze for the win.
Scott will join NXT Cruiserweight champion Angel Garza and two NXT UK Superstars (TBA) in the Fatal 4 Way showdown at WWE Worlds Collide.
Backstage Brawl: Tommaso Ciampa showed up during Johnny Gargano’s interview and thanked him for the rescue. Both men shared a light moment and officially confirmed their reunion. Undisputed ERA ambushed them as the security tried to break up the brawl. An angry Keith Lee ran over and single-handedly destroyed the heels.
#1 Contender’s Match for NXT Womens Title | Bianca Belair won the Battle Royal: Former Champion, Shayna Baszler‘s entry shocked everyone as she tried to re-establish her dominance, only to be eliminated by Shotzi Blackheart who recently made her NXT debut.
Bianca Belair and Io Shirai were the final two women battling it out for the title shot; the Japanese Superstar was the crowd favorite, but The EST soon planted her opponent with a KOD and scored a top-rope elimination to earn a shot at Rhea Ripley’s NXT Women’s Title at Takeover: Portland.