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WWE NXT Results - June 13th, 2018
Thursday, June 14, 2018
This is the final edition of NXT before the huge NXT Takeover show takes place in Chicago, Illinois before WWE's Money in the Bank pay-per-view. While a good portion of this show was dedicated to highlighting some of the key matches and putting the finishing touches on building those up, there were still plenty of fun moments unrelated to this Saturday's show that were featured on this week's episode of the show. Plenty of fresh faces got the chance to show what they are made of, and fans were even treated to an incredibly brutal United Kingdom Championship match. The show started off with some devastation from The War Raiders.
The War Raiders vs. Ricky Martinez & Justin Storm -
The War Raiders have been on a roll ever since they've arrived in NXT. Not only have they been able to defeat every tag team that has stepped in their way, but they have been able to do so quickly and easily. The result in this match was really no different as Hanson and Rowe decimated their opponents during their short time in the ring together.
This match started off with both men each taking turns mostly beating down Martinez while also showing off all of their big moves. Once Storm came back into the ring, Rowe laid him out with a hip toss before finishing their opponents off with a high knee.
Winners: The War Raiders
After the match was over, The War Raiders each took a mic and addressed the team formerly known as TM61. Hanson and Rowe said that The Mighty should watch what they do in the ring if they truly want to see what mighty looks like. Sure enough, they beat down both Martinez and Storm once again and left them laying before retreating to the back.
A great video package showing every aspect of the Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa feud thus far was aired. It's likely that this will be re-airing right before their Takeover match this Saturday.
Kassius Ohno vs. EC3 -
EC3 interrupted Ohno's photo shoot last week, thus prompting this very match. The announcers mentioned that Ohno has been in a slump recently in NXT but he was looking to get back on track. Meanwhile, his challenger, EC3 remains undefeated in singles action since coming back to WWE.
The match began with Ohno absolutely destroying the arrogant new NXT Superstar. The NXT locker room veteran ran down EC3 early into the match with some strikes and several forearm shots. Ohno refuses to let up against EC3 until his momentum is halted. EC3 gained control of the match after he got his knees up in time before Ohno could hit a senton.
Ohno then got some more offense in after he blocked a kick from EC3. Ohno dished out some forearms and a bicycle kick. He threw in a senton for good measure, but that was only good enough for a two count. EC3 took a quick break outside of the ring before Ohno again hit him with another senton. After EC3 got back into the ring, he managed to dodge the incoming offense from Ohno before finally landing the One Percent to get another win for himself.
Bianca Belair vs. Aliyah -
Belair continues to show why she is perhaps the most promising star in the entire NXT women's division at the moment. This match immediately started with Belair knocking her opponent to the ground with a forearm. It almost seemed as if Aliyah was more of a nuisance to Belair as she spent the entire match knowing that she could pin her at any moment, but instead chose to show off and demonstrate more of her own power.
She tossed Aliyah into the corner of the ring before she held her straight up into the air for a suplex, which Aliyah was able to get out of before Belair could hit the move. Despite this, Bianca was able to catch her and then execute the suplex.
What happened next was truly impressive: Bianca laid Aliyah down on the ring canvas and then proceeded to deadlift her high into the air with tremendous ease. She walked her over to the corner of the ring and gave her the snake eyes one of the turnbuckles. Belair got a victory after hitting a sitout facebuster on Aliyah.
Winner: Bianca Belair
A quick video package for the
vs. Nikki Cross match for the NXT Women's Championship at Takeover was shown.
Dakota Kai was interviewed backstage about her loss to
a few weeks ago. Kai said that she was just seconds away from becoming NXT Women's Champion, and even though she did not win the title, she promised to become champion one day. Bianca Belair then walked in and questioned why she was not being interviewed instead. Belair claimed that she is much better than Kai, but Dakota refuses to let Bianca bully her the way that Shayna did. They will face each other next week.
Kyle O'Reilly vs. Pete Dunne for the United Kingdom Championship -
"The Bruiserweight" and NXT Tag Team Champion Kyle O'Reilly are going at it in singles competition here with Dunne's UK title on the line. O'Reilly took on Dunne all by himself here with The Undisputed Era nowhere to be found. The announcers mentioned that Kyle is now the first Canadian to challenge for the UK Championship.
At this point, we all know how this match got started. Of course, Dunne and O'Reilly got right to work with some mat wrestling as each tried to out-maneuver each other. Pete Dunne began to work the arm of Kyle O'Reilly before later focusing on his legs and other limbs. The mat wrestling came to an end as both men hit each other with punches that brought them up to their feet.
Kyle O'Reilly stopped Pete from ramming him into one of the ring posts in the corner. Dunne had part of his left leg wrapped up and bandaged, so O'Reilly spent a good portion of his time trying to concentrate on that area. Kyle began to violently kick the injured left leg before doing further when he locked Dunne in a kneebar. O'Reilly then went for to suplex that UK Champion, but much to his surprise, Dunne landed right on his feet and was completely unharmed by the move.
O'Reilly was still focused on making the UK Champion submit, or at least wearing him down. He desperately tried to lock Dunne in a triangle, but "The Bruiserweight" got out of the move and regained control via bicycle kick. He then locked that NXT Tag Team Champion in a body scissors, but he too was able to power out and get back on his feet. After landing a penalty kick on Dunne, O'Reilly was just one second away from becoming the new United Kingdom Champion, but Pete was able to kick out at two just at the right time.
With little left to lose, both men began to exchange strikes and kicks. Dunne gained the upper hand and forearmed O'Reilly into the corner of the ring. He rushed over towards him and tried to go for the Bitter End, but O'Reilly then tried to reverse this into a guillotine. Dunne reversed that into an arm bar, but O'Reilly was shortly able to counter that into a ankle lock.
Pete Dunne did not submit, but he grabbed onto Kyle's arm and began to tie his own hands together before striking him hard in the face. O'Reilly fought back by punching Dunne in retaliation. These two brawlers then got unleashed a bounty of punches right after the other. Dunne eventually took over after hitting an enzuigiri. He took Kyle down for a bit until the Undisputed Era member punched Dunne all the way down to the ring canvas.
Now feeling more confident and brash than at any other point in this match, O'Reilly took it upon himself to remove Dunne's mouthguard before administering his next harsh blow. This proved to be his undoing as Dunne quickly latched onto Kyle's hand and snapped his fingers back. With little hesitation, Dunne rushed back to his feet and hit the Bitter End to retain his championship.
Winner: Pete Dunne
After the match concluded, The Undisputed Era ran down to the ring and attacked Pete Dunne. Adam Cole,
, and Kyle O'Reilly took turns beating down Dunne until Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch made the save. The two of them teamed up with Dunne to send the NXT North American Champion and Tag Team Champions running to the back.
Aleister Black came down to the ring for a quick promo against his NXT Takeover opponent Lars Sullivan. He said that he was definitely surprised when Lars was able to prevent him from hitting the Black Mass kick a few weeks back. Nevertheless, he said that Lars will not be able to dodge the move this Saturday and that he will fade to black. A man of few words, Black proceeded to head backstage until Sullivan came down to the ring.
No words were exchanged as Sullivan instead charged down to the ring and beat down the NXT Champion for the second time in a row. He was not only able to hit a Freak Accident on Black, but Lars was actually able to connect the maneuver two more times! Sullivan then hoisted Black over his shoulder and carried him over to the announer's table. Black laid across the table motionless as Sullivan stood on top of the table and hoisted the NXT Championship high into the air before the show, well, faded to black. Ha ha.
The stage for NXT Takeover: Chicago has now officially been set. It looks like Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch will face Kyle O'Reilly and
for the NXT Tag Team Championships while Nikki Cross takes on
for the NXT Women's Championship. Velveteen Dream and Ricochet is planned for the show, as is Lars Sullivan vs. Aleister Black for the NXT Championship, and, of course, the street fight between Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano. It certainly sounds like another hit for NXT can be expected this Saturday night. I'll see you NXT time!
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