Is Karrion Kross going to murder Santos Escobar? Almost definitely.
It’s a full card once again this week on NXT, and I can’t help but look forward to seeing Karrion Kross just absolutely destroy Santos Escobar in their No-DQ match.
We’ll also get an explanation from Adam Cole as to why he attacked both Kyle O’Reilly and Finn Balor.
Here’s the full card.
- Io Shirai vs. Zoey Stark in a non-title match
- Xia Li vs. Kacy Catanzaro
- Johnny Gargano vs. Dexter Lumis in a non-title match
- Adam Cole explains why he attacked Kyle O’Reilly and Finn Balor
- NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar vs. Karrion Kross in a non-title No DQ match. Escobar will be stripped of the title and suspended indefinitely if he doesn’t show up
- Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Drake Maverick and Killian Dain
Adam Cole Breaks His Silence
Adam Cole is in the middle of the ring, ready to explain why he attacked both Finn Balor and Kyle O’Reilly so brutally in recent weeks.
He says he had every intention of explaining why he did what he did to Kyle, but having seen the videos of what he did, he now regrets it all.
Cole cares a lot about the NXT Championship, but it does not excuse his actions. He talks to Kyle down the camera, and says he wishes they could have been having this conversation in the ring, but they can’t because of him.
Cole says he hates to admit when he’s wrong, but he will admit he made a huge mistake.
I feel like we’re heading for a swerve here…surely?
Cole apologises over and over again, but here comes Roderick Strong. He doesn’t understand why Cole is coming out now saying all this.
“Everything has changed now. This Undisputed Era was built on love, trust and brotherhood.” But Cole has shattered all that trust.
Strong asks Adam to look at him and understand that when Kyle comes back, he might not be able to save him from the wrath of Kyle.
Out comes Finn Balor! But Roddy and Cole work together briefly, with Cole hitting a superkick to layout the champion.
Cole and Roddy are back in the ring and Strong hits a clothesline on Cole. Cole is crying…Roddy grabs him and tells him he loves him…still waiting on this swerve…
And there it is!
Low blow to Strong. Right in the bay bays!
A superkick to the face, and Strong is out cold.
Brilliant acting from Cole. He really had me believing.
And that was the show! Thanks for following along!
Karrion Kross def. Santos Escobar
Kross and Escobar has started in the car park, and Kross immediately takes out Mendoza and Wilde before putting his focus firmly on Escobar.
Escobar manages to close a truck door on Kross’ shoulder, giving the Cruiserweight Champion the upper hand…but not for long.
Escobar hides in the truck, but Kross has a pickaxe (obviously) and forces Escobar to jump out. Mendoza and Wilde are back, and it’s 3-on-1 for the time being. This is good, it makes sense for Legado del Fantasma to be working together like this against the threat of Kross.
They finally make it inside the building, but Kross is doing everything he can to fight back. He sends Wilde and Mendoza through the plexiglass at ringside, and is now able to focus on his actual opponent in Escobar in the ring.
Escobar used a steel chair to get on top, hitting a DDT onto the chair to really get the upper hand on his larger opponent.
I was honestly expecting Kross to win this much more easily, but this has made a lot of sense so far I have to say, as Escobar hits a perfect suicide dive on Kross.
But here comes cross with a number of big throws in the middle of the ring. He manages to pull Escobar shoulder first into the ring post, and barely misses Escobar’s arm with a big steel chair shot.
Mendoza and Wilde are once again destroyed on the outside, and Kross takes advantage by throwing Escobar through the announcer’s table.
The match, which has been a lot of fun, ends with a vicious running elbow to the back of Escobar’s head. Ouch.
Next up, Adam Cole explains his recent actions.
— WWE (@WWE) February 25, 2021
GYV def. Maverick & Dain
The Grizzled Young Veterans are out to face Drake Maverick and Killian Dain, and already I love their promo. They called Dain and Maverick Shrek and Donkey. They also claim Wes Lee of MSK has broken his hand, so we’ll see what happens with that.
Dain isn’t happy, and immediately destroys James Drake before the ad-break.
When we come back, Dain is still pummelling GYV, and tags in Maverick before Gibson and Drake are able to get back into the match.
I just realised everyone in this match is British. How fun.
GYV pick up the win with a Ticket to Mayhem on Drake Maverick. It feels like there’s only so many times Killian Dain will accept Maverick getting pinned before he’s had enough, but it’s another win for GYV who need a bit of momentum after their Dusty Classic loss.
Up next it looks like we’re finally getting Karrion Kross vs. Santos Escobar in a no-DQ match.
Xia Li def. Kacy Catanzaro
Kacy Catanzaro has decided that the best way to stop former friend Zia Li from being controlled by a thousand year old Chinese man is by having a wrestling match.
In fact, commentary says Catanzaro is “trying to beat the friendship back into Xia Li”. What.
I was hoping for a squash match for Li, who needs a bit of momentum to go with this frankly bizarre story they’re trying to tell with Mei Ying.
Li stamps hard on Catanzaro’s leg, and Kacy is in a lot of trouble. Xia pulls Kacy back to the ring by her hair, and it looks like we’re heading for the finish.
Oh, the referee has just finished the match. How lame.
Kayden Carter asks Mei Ying, who remember is 1,000 years old, what her problem is, and Xia hits Catanzaro with a roundhouse kick before running away.
This just doesn’t work for me at all. It makes Kacy and Kayden look like morons, and Li doesn’t need supernatural nonsense to be good. She’s good on her own.
— WWE (@WWE) February 25, 2021
Io Shirai def. Zoey Stark
Zoey Stark in her default wrestling gear looks to shock the world by defeating NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai.
It starts off a bit sloppily, but we’ll put that down to nerves. This is Stark’s second ever televised match on NXT, so I think it’s ok to be a bit nervous.
She soon gets into the match, and as we head into the break, Stark is on top after kicking Shirai off the top rope to the outside.
Stark is still on top when we get back, hitting a nice sequence of kicks on Shirai. A running knee leads to a near fall, and we have a double down after a double cross body in the middle of the ring.
Stark is really getting into it now, hitting a rough looking suplex on the champion for another 2 count. Shirai is now on top, hitting a huge missile dropkick on Stark for a very close near fall.
Io gets back into the match hitting a huge top rope hurricanrana and backbreaker on Stark, who continues to kick out and battle back.
Stark is getting frustrated after another near fall, but Io hits the double knees to the corner and follows it with the moonsault for the win.
A great match for both women, and the commentators are really putting over Starks as one to watch in the future.
But as expected, here comes Toni Storm who isn’t happy that Io is facing other people instead of her. She says Io can’t beat her, but Io fires back and says she’ll fight her any time and any place.
Toni says she’s scared, and says if Io wants a match, she should go and ask William Regal to make the match official.
The Way are backstage, and it seems like the story we’re telling is that Theory and Hartwell are starting to sympathise with Dexter Lumis. This is some Stockholm syndrome stuff. Theory is off the therapy. I do not know where this is going.
— WWE (@WWE) February 25, 2021
Tyler Rust vs. Leon Ruff...sort of.
Nash Carter and Wes Lee of MSK cut a very heartwarming promo, with Carter explaining that he lost his father in his freshman year in college, and how that inspired him to pursue his dream of being a wrestler. It looks like we’ll be getting an in-ring promo up next.
Oh well perhaps not. MSK are mugged by the men they defeated to win the Dusty Classic, The Grizzled Young Veterans. That’s mean.
Up next is Tyler Rust vs. Leon Ruff in the match with the fewest name syllables this evening.
I’m gonna stop writing things in advance, because Isaiah “Swerve” Scott is out here attacking Ruff before he can even enter the ring.
Scott throws Ruff back first into the ring apron and it looks like he won’t be able to continue. Tyler Rust’s manager Malcolm Bivens claims that Rust has won. Fair enough.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) February 25, 2021
Dexter Lumis def. Johnny Gargano
We start off with a Scarlett promo, and she’s being all spooky with her tarot cards. You know someone is serious when they pull out tarot cards. Where’s the Ouija board?
The first match of the night is everyone’s favourite probable murderer Dexter Lumis vs. Johnny Gargano, who looks very scared before the match.
Gargano is visibly terrified of Lumis, and to be fair to Johnny, I’m pretty terrified of him too. Lumis heads under the ring and manages to attack Gargano from behind.
Nothing says crazed lunatic stalker like sanctioned wrestling match.
Lumis hits a cool delay suplex, but Gargano fights back, throwing Lumis into the ring apron and attacking him on the outside. Gargano goes for the running knee, but Lumis ducks and throws Gargano into the ring apron for good measure.
Candice LeRae tries to attack Lumis, and Gargano uses the distraction to get the upper-hand as we head into our first ad-break.
Is Indi Hartwell falling in love with Dexter Lumis? That would be…weird.
Back in the ring, and Lumis is fighting back against Gargano who appears to have been on top throughout the break. A running bulldog puts Lumis firmly in charge, and a couple of suplexes followed by a leg-drop lead to a near fall.
Some mat wrestling turns into a near fall for Gargano, but Lumis recovers to hit a huge spinebuster for another pin attempt. Lumis climbs to the top rope, but Gargano grabs his leg in desperation. Lumis hits an awesome uppercut, but Gargano is able to counter with a superkick.
Johnny asks Theory to get him a steel chair, but it’s a terrible idea and it ends with Gargano knocking Theory off the apron.
Lumis hits a sideslam before locking in the Silence submission and submits the NXT North American Champion.
William Regal is outside the arena and tells the cameraman to tell him when Santos Escobar arrives.
— WWE (@WWE) February 25, 2021
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