WWE NXT: Sept. 16, 2020
Damian Priest retained the NXT North American Title after a grueling back-and-forth battle. Elsewhere, Breezango held on to the NXT Tag Team Titles after a thrilling return bout with Imperium, NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai prevailed in non-title action despite an impressive effort from Shotzi Blackheart, and much more.
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WWE NXT results, Sept. 16, 2020
NXT Women's Chmpion Io Shirai def. Shotzi Blackheart in a Non-Title Match
Shotzi Blackheart quickly proved she was more than up to the task of standing toe-to-toe with the champion, putting forth a courageous effort against Io Shira. In the end though, it was The Genius of the Sky prevailing, putting Blackheart away with her patented top-rope moonsault after a worthy challenge.
Tommaso Ciampa def. Desmond Troy
Tommaso Ciampa's renewed viciousness was present once again as The Blackheart made short work of Desmond Troy, defeating him after hitting the Willow's Bell DDT. Afterward, Jake Atlas, whom Ciampa savagely attacked after a match last month, confronted him and challenged him to a rematch next week.
Kushida def. Austin Theory
Austin Theory issued an open challenge of his own, which he may have regretted after it was accepted by an eager Kushida. Again showing a more intense side that we've seen in recent weeks, Kushida dominated the encounter and submitted Theory with the Hoverboard Lock.
NXT Tag Team Champions Breezango def. Imperium
Imperium couldn't wait to get this one started, rushing the ring and taking the fight to Breezango before the bout even began. The quick start helped Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner control much of the action until Fandango broke up their European Bomb attempt, allowing Tyler Breeze to secure the pin on a crafty hurricanrana.
Kayden Carter & Kacy Catanzaro def. Xia Li & Jessi Kamea
Kayden Carter & Kacy Catanzaro impressed again, picking up the victory with a creative and unique pin on Xia Li. But when Carter & Catanzaro offered a handshake afterward as a sign of respect, Li would have none of it, exiting the ring in frustration.
Drake Maverick vs. The Undisputed ERA in a Handicap Match ended in a no-contest
Drake Maverick's scheduled tag team partner, Killian Dain, was nowhere to be found when the match begun, and he suffered a beating at the hands of Roderick Strong & Bobby Fish because of it. However, The Beast of Belfast eventually made his presence felt, helping Drake clear the ring of their foes before once again dropping Maverick with a powerful punch.
North American Champion Damian Priest def. Timothy Thatcher
Damian Priest demonstrated that he has serious staying power as the NXT North American Champion, but The Archer of Infamy's victory over Timothy Thatcher was anything but easy. Thatcher inflicted his share of pain on Priest, most notably with a huge double-underhook suplex on the outside of the ring. But Priest's combination of a top-rope spinning heel kick and The Reckoning kept Thatcher down for the three-count.
Priest’s title reign faces Thatch-as-Thatch-can exam
Timothy Thatcher wanted the first opportunity at Damian Priest’s newly won North American Title, and now he’s got it.
Confronting Priest last month, Thatcher took umbrage with the poor way he believes The Archer of Infamy carries himself as a champion. Last week, he also pointed out what he perceived as flaws in Priest’s game during his latest Thatch-as-Thatch-can class.
But Priest turned in a nearly flawless performance at NXT TakeOver XXX, prevailing over four top NXT Superstars in a Ladder Match to claim the vacant North American Championship.
Can Priest turn aside Thatcher’s challenge, or will his infamy be short-lived?
Will Breezango stun Imperium again?
Breezango’s five-year journey as a team finally led to championship gold last month when they shocked Imperium. But can lightning strike twice for Tyler Breeze & Fandango when they put the NXT Tag Team Championship on the line against the former titleholders?
Breeze & Fandango pulled off the stunner to complete their long road to a title victory. But it wasn’t enough to win Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner’s respect. Imperium still see NXT’s most fashionable duo as a disgrace to everything they stand for, and they’ve vowed to make Breezango’s NXT Tag Team Title reign the shortest in history.
Will Breeze & Fandango find a way to prevail, or will it once again be The Age of Imperium on the black-and-gold brand?
Blackheart steps to the NXT Women’s Champion
Io Shirai and Shotzi Blackheart forged a serendipitous alliance last week — that was, until Blackheart laid her eyes on Shirai’s NXT Women’s Championship.
Now she’ll get a chance to prove herself against the best when she goes one-on-one with The Genius of The Sky in a non-title bout.
In her latest encounter with The Robert Stone Brand, Blackheart’s backstage tussle with Aliyah spilled over to Shirai, knocking over the NXT Women’s Champion. That was all the reason Shirai needed to take up arms with Blackheart, and together they wiped out both Aliyah and Stone. But Shirai took exception to Blackheart putting her hands on her title, leading to a tense stare down.
Can Blackheart prove she’s worthy of a potential championship opportunity, or will Shirai give her a painful reminder of the pecking order in the NXT Women’s division?
Can Drake and Dain co-exist against The Undisputed ERA?
We’ve seen numerous strange unions over the years in sports-entertainment, but perhaps few have been as unlikely as Killian Dain & Drake Maverick.
They’ll be tasked with co-existing, however, when they team up against Roderick Strong & Bobby Fish of The Undisputed ERA.
Both Dain & Maverick found themselves caught in the crossfire of Adam Cole’s bitter rivalry with Pat McAfee, and they were taken out as a result. Maverick later failed to find payback in a singles encounter with Kyle O’Reilly, but Dain helped ward off a post-match Undisputed ERA beatdown before dropping Maverick as well.
Maverick returned the favor last week, coming to Dain’s aid before eating another punch from The Beast of Belfast.
Will they be able to stay on the same page against Strong & Fish?