Welcome to WrestleTalk’s live coverage of the May 4, 2021 episode of WWE NXT. There was a lot announced for this week’s show including an NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship match.
Here is everything that has been announced for this week’s episode of WWE NXT:
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship Street Fight – Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart (c) vs. The Way
- The Return of Finn Balor
- Falls Count Anywhere Match – Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott vs. Leon Ruff
- Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa vs. Grizzled Young Veterans
NXT Women's Tag Team Championship Street Fight - The Way def. Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon
This was one of those matches where they throw a lot of plunder in the ring at the start and then just do creative stuff with all of them.
Shotzi and Ember set up a tower of chairs and tried to wipe out Indi but Candice sprayed them in the eyes with a fire extinguisher. Shotzi laid Candice on a ladder bridge at ringside and hit a senton onto it.
Ember hit Indi with an Alabama Slam on a table in the corner which didn’t really break aside from the very bottom. Shotzi hit a diving splash off the set through the announce table. This didn’t take them out for very long as they were both back in the ring soon.
Indi put Ember on a table at ringside and hit a springboard elbow through it. Candice hit Shotzi with brass knuckles and the Wicked Stepsister on a chair for the win.
The Way are your new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.
Cameron Grimes can't get into the VIP Room
Cameron Grimes arrives at the VIP Room but can’t get in because he isn’t on the list. The venue has been rented out when a limo arrives.
Sure enough, it is Ted DiBiase once again. He says everyone has a price and laughs as Cameron Grimes is left freaking out on the street.
Franky Monet's dog took a dump in Shotzi's tank
Ember and Shotzi walked up to their tank and found Franky Monet’s dog and saw that it took a big ol poop in the tank.
What am I doing with my life?
Mercedes and Raquel trade words
Raquel Gonzalez and Mercedes Martinez traded words in a split-screen promo. The delivery here from Gonzalez was extremely wooden here.
Legado del Fantasma want title matches
Legado del Fantasma are in the ring and Santos Escobar talks about wanting his NXT Cruiserweight Championship back.
Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde talk about beating MSK last week and say that they want a shot at the NXT Tag Team Championship.
Kushida cut them off and said next week we will get a rematch between himself and Escobar for the Cruiserweight title.
Toni Storm is still upset
Toni Storm cut a promo on Zoey Stark saying she was a former and future champion and Stark is a future nobody.
The Way prepares
Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell were getting ready for their match when Dexter Lumis was standing there with roses in the window. LeRae closed the blinds and they left.
LA Knight def. Jake Atlas
LA Knight cut a promo before the match calling the fans incels before making a joke about Atlases that didn’t really make sense.
Jake Atlas got control early with a big dropkick and a boot while he was in the ropes. Knight cut him off and hit a shoulder tackle. Knight got hit with some kicks but ducked one and hit his facebuster for the win.
I thought Atlas looked better than Knight in this match but what can you do.
Toni Storm is upset
Toni Storm tried to step up to Zayda Ramier but Zoey Stark got in her face and she walked off.
WALTER facetimes Imperium
WALTER was on Facetime with Imperium and he talked to them in another language. The only word I made out was incompetence before Alexander Wolfe walked off.
Sarray def. Zayda Ramier
Sarray and Zayda Ramier had a very back-and-forth match with Ramier locking in an STF. Sarray responded with a Muta Lock and a mean dropkick in the ropes. Sarray then hit a perfect-plex for a nearfall and followed up with a missile dropkick.
She went for another dropkick in the ropes and Ramier went for the cover. Sarray then hit a big german suplex and her exploder suplex for the win.
No idea why they had Ramier beat Toni Storm only to immediately lose.
The Way leave the building
Austin Theory and Johnny Gargano leave the building ahead of Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell’s match tonight.
Kross, Balor, Dunne, O'Reilly, Gargano and Theory Brawl
Karrion Kross comes out and says two weeks ago he asked people to roll the dice and step up. He talks about how he doesn’t have to prove anyone wrong, people need to come to him to prove themselves right.
He said he will drop Austin Theory on his head next week and he was interrupted by Kyle O’Reilly. Kyle says he isn’t afraid of Kross and wants a shot at the NXT Championship.
Pete Dunne then comes out and says he is the baddest man in NXT. He says he doesn’t care about what the fans want because he wants to be NXT Champion.
Finn Balor then came out and said he had already beaten Dunne and O’Reilly and then punched Kross but got dropped immediately. Balor looked like a total punk here as everything broke down into a brawl.
Kross cleared the ring and took out security before Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory hit the ring and laid out Kross with the North American title belt. Lots happening in this match to set up the next main event of Takeover most likely.
Isaiah 'Swerve' Scott talks to... no one?
Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott and his entourage were walking backstage and he turned around and looked past the camera to say he told everyone he would beat Leon Ruff tonight. Only problem? There was no one there. No one else was in the hallway during this shot. Who you talking to Swerve?
The Way backstage again
Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory were backstage again trying to confront William Regal and Regal walked up to them and said the title match with Bronson Reed is still on and now Austin Theory will face Karrion Kross next week.
Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa def. Grizzled Young Veterans
James Drake and Zack Gibson cut a promo prior to the match saying they should be more appreciated by the NXT fans.
Tommaso Ciampa started with Drake and got the momentum with some basic grappling before tagging in Timothy Thatcher. They beat on Drake briefly before he tagged in Zack Gibson. Thatcher and Ciampa had control as the show went to commercial.
Back from the break and GYV made an illegal tag to distract the referee while Drake cut off Thatcher by grabbing his ear and throwing him into the ropes.
The heat didn’t last too long as Ciampa got the hot tag and ran wild with clotheslines before finishing his sequence with a running knee. Drake made the tag to Gibson as Ciampa and Drake brawled out of the ring.
Thatcher and Gibson were left grappling in the ring until Thatcher hit Gibson with Wade Barrett’s shoe and locked in the armbar for the win. This was a baffling result but a good match.
Kacy & Kayden want the tag titles
Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter were backstage and said they wanted the next shot at the NXT Women’s Tag Team titles when they were interrupted and laughed at by Franky Monet.
Cameron Grimes def. Asher Hale
Cameron Grimes faced Asher Hale and Hale managed to get some offense in when he hit a dropkick to Grimes’ knee. This was looking like it was going to be a squash match but Hale got the majority of the offense in this match.
He hit a nasty dragon screw leg whip but Grimes cut him off and hit his black hole slam-esque move and the double stomp to the chest for the win.
The Way interrupts William Regal's meeting with Scarlett
Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory are backstage upset about William Regal not taking their calls when they storm into his office while he is meeting with Scarlett.
They don’t really say anything and Gargano leaves but Theory is fixed on Scarlett’s nails but the scene is made to look like he was fixated on her breasts. This was a very bizarre segment to say the least.
Falls Count Anywhere Match - Isaiah 'Swerve' Scott def. Leon Ruff
Leon Ruff charged right into a knee from Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott to start the match. Ruff was unable to get much offense early as Scott utilized the ring to counter Ruff’s moves. Scott hit a gnarly Death Valley Driver on the corner of the apron and threw Ruff around on the floor.
Scott hit a massive superplex in the ring for a nearfall. Scott also took a moment to tell the camera this is what happens when you mess with Swerve. He went to reach for Ruff but got caught in the ropes as Ruff beat on him.
Ruff tried to jump off the steps but Scott cut him off again. Scott threw a toolbox hard but Ruff dodged as they went to commercial. Back from commercial, they say the match went through the backstage area and gym. Would have been nice to see that ON THE SHOW.
Both were on the stage and Ruff shined a light in Scott’s eyes before hitting a dive. Back in the ring, Scott tried to hit another superplex but Ruff countered with a crucifix bomb for a nearfall.
Ruff moved the steps into position and ran up them and hit a poison-rana off the apron. Incredible spot but Ruff couldn’t make the cover. Scott hit a really cool move when he caught Ruff up against the barricade but Ruff kicked out.
Ruff hit Scott in the knee with the toolbox and hit a frog splash for a nearfall. Ruff hit his top-rope cutter, then again on the floor, and went for it a third time in the production area but AJ Francis caught him and hit an AA on the barricade.
Scott then rolled him back in the ring and hit his finish for the win. Very very good match but not a fan of the finish. Leon Ruff doesn’t come off as someone you need help to beat.
Welcome to WrestleTalk’s live coverage of WWE NXT! I wonder how many Star Wars references will be used on tonight’s show. Perhaps you all can keep a tally going.