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WWE NXT TakeOver XXX results: August 22, 2020

EgHPJXnXkAAIVpBEditor’s note: Info from WWE.com was used in this report.


The sands in the hourglass of Keith Lee’s NXT Championship ran out at TakeOver XXX, as Karrion Kross dethroned The Limitless One. Also at the history-making TakeOver, Adam Cole put an end to two years of insults in a thrilling battle with former NFL star Pat McAfee, and Damian Priest emerged from the wreckage of a wild Ladder Match as the new NXT North American Champion.


Breezango def. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch and Legado del Fantasma to become No. 1 Contenders to the NXT Tag Team Championship (Pre-Show Match)

In a fast and furious throwdown to determine the next challengers to NXT Tag Team Champions Imperium, Breezango emerged victorious after Breeze clobbered Oney Lorcan with a Supermodel Kick.

Fandango took control of the bout early on, overpowering Legado del Fantasma, but soon spilled out to the arena floor in a slugfest with Oney Lorcan. Raul Mendoza turned the tides of the battle quickly in Legado del Fantasma’s favor with a stunning spinning dive onto all of his opponents. Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde had victory in their clutches after Mendoza hit a standing Spanish Fly on Breeze, with Wilde following up with a 450 Splash, only for their opponents to break up the pin.

Mayhem broke out from there, culminating in Lorcan sending Wilde flying out of the ring with a diving European Uppercut. Prince Pretty pounced on the opportunity, decking Lorcan with a Supermodel Kick to seal the victory for Breezango, locking them in for a future championship showdown with Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner.


Finn Bálor def. Timothy Thatcher

When it comes to delivering at TakeOver, NXT’s biggest stage, there is no one on Finn Bálor’s level. The Prince has the most victories in TakeOver history, and added to his illustrious record with a grueling win over Timothy Thatcher at TakeOver XXX.

After Thatcher cost him a chance to compete for the NXT North American Title tonight Finn Bálor went right after the grappler at the bell. The Prince showed he was willing to trade holds with the ruthless mat master, even gaining the upper hand on the creator of Thatch-as-Thatch-Can Wrestling.

But eventually, Thatcher would turn the tables on Bálor, manipulating joints and contorting The Prince’s body into painful positions. Bálor would endure and fight through the pain, eventually getting his rival into position for the Coup de Grace. Thatcher would evade, leaving The Prince to come crashing down on his leg, giving Thatcher a clear target to go to work on.

Thatcher did just that, nearly forcing Bálor to submit, but The Prince fought through the pain, finally connecting with the Coup de Grace and spiking Thatcher with the 1916 DDT to get the three count and pick up his 12thTakeOver victory.


Damian Priest won a Ladder Match to become NXT North American Champion

Damian Priest took a major step to ensure that his name will live forever at TakeOver XXX, emerging from the wreckage of a high-risk ladder match as the new NXT North American Champion.

The match was an all-out melee from the get-go, with all five Superstars looking to grab a ladder and scale toward the title. Cameron Grimes was the first to bring a ladder into the ring, but would not get to climb it after getting knocked out of the ring. Bronson Reed proved to be a formidable Ladder Match participant, using his colossal power to muscle the opposition around, including a huge five-Superstar pile-up that started with a powerbomb on Grimes.

The bout quickly devolved into a demolition derby, with every Superstar putting it all on the line, including Priest dashing up a ladder to dive onto his rivals.

As the five Superstars lay on the floor, trying to compose themselves, Candice LeRae rushed to ringside, trying to will her husband back into the ring. But while Gargano got back to his feet, The Poison Pixie entered the ring and yanked Grimes off a ladder, then unleashed a flurry of blows on The Technical Savage. Gargano & LeRae tried to team up and steal the NXT North American Title, but The Johnny Gargano Way was foiled when LeRae climbed up a ladder and tried to stop Reed. Instead, she found herself on Reed’s back as he came crashing down on Johnny Wrestling with a massive Tsunami.

At the bout’s climax, The Velveteen Dream was launched off a ladder, over the guardrail and sent crashing through two tables. Back in the ring, The Archer of Infamy and Gargano found themselves on top of a ladder, fingertips on the title. Gargano managed to unhook the title, but Priest had it in his clutches, as well. Priest managed to knock Gargano from the ladder and claim the title for himself, taking his first step toward infamy.


Adam Cole def. Pat McAfee

After two years of insults, Adam Cole finally got his hands on Pat McAfee and made the former NFL’er pay, though McAfee managed to impress the WWE Universe in his initial outing in the squared circle.

Despite Cole agreeing to leave The Undisputed ERA in the locker room, McAfee arrived to TakeOver with former NFL stars AJ Hawk and Darius Butler and his podcast co-host Nick Maraldo in his corner. The former NXT Champion gained the upper hand early on, as he gave McAfee a lesson in what it takes to be a Superstar. However, McAfee was able to use the power that helped him become an All-Pro punter to turn the tables on Cole.

At ringside, McAfee and his crew swarmed around Cole, leading to The Undisputed ERA arriving to even the odds. McAfee took advantage of the melee, climbing to the top rope and taking out Undisputed ERA, his friends and NXT security with a breathtaking dive to the arena floor.

In his first-ever match, McAfee continued to impress as he worked over the former NXT Champion while showing off his incredible athletic skill. Cole thought he had the upper hand again as he shoved McAfee off the top rope, only for the former Indianapolis Colt punter to backflip off and land on his feet, then leap back up to the top rope and plant Cole into the canvas with a superplex.

McAfee had Cole lined up for another punt, but the Undisputed ERA’s leader evaded the kick, instead punting the steel ring steps. That turned out to be the point where things went south for McAfee. Finally, Cole connected with a Panama Sunrise to put an end to this rivalry.


NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai def. Dakota Kai

NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai faced one of her toughest challenges to date in Dakota Kai. Despite the meddling of Raquel Gonzalez, The Genius of The Sky hit her trademark Moonsault to stay champion.

Kai worked over the NXT Women’s Champion in the early goings of the match, grounding Shirai with her trademark kicks. The Genius of The Sky tried to fight back, but Kai managed to stay one step ahead.

The NXT Women’s Champion found herself on the ropes for most of the match, as Kai unleashed her devastating kicks and locked on an armbar that had Shirai on the brink of submission. But eventually, Kai’s kicks would seemingly turn the tides of the bout, as Kai clobbered the referee with one, knocking him out. Shirai connected with a Moonsault from the top rope, but there was no one to count the pinfall. That’s when Kai’s insurance policy, Raquel Gonzalez, slid into the ring and planted Shirai into the canvas with a huge powerbomb, then dragged Kai on top for the pin. Despite Gonzalez’s interference, Shirai was able to stay in the fight and kick out. The Genius of The Sky fought back, connecting with a Moonsault to the floor to neutralize Gonzalez and hit another Moonsault to retain her title.

After the bell, Gonzalez jumped Shirai from behind and continued to attack the champion, only for Rhea Ripley to emerge and confront Kai’s towering associate. Gonzalez and Kai retreated after The Nightmare’s arrival, allowing Shirai to finally celebrate her huge victory.


Karrion Kross def. Keith Lee to become NXT Champion

The summer of Keith Lee came to a screeching halt at NXT TakeOver XXX. The sands in the hourglass ran out on his time atop the black-and-gold brand. In a shocking main event, Karrion Kross dethroned The Limitless One, claiming the NXT Championship for himself.

Lee came out of the gates on fire at the bell, knocking Kross from his feet with a huge tackle. The attacks remained fast and furious from the NXT Champion, as Kross looked vulnerable for the first time, even retreating to ringside after Lee connected with a splash.

The fight remained on the arena floor, which was to the advantage of Kross, who was able to evade a charging Lee and send the champion crashing shoulder-first into the steel ring post.

That provided a weak point for the challenger to focus on. Kross pounced on the opportunity and worked over Lee’s left arm with a series of vicious submissions. The Limitless One was able to fight through the pain and get back to his feet, finally breaking the hold by slamming Kross into the canvas.

However, the challenger was relentless. Lee threw everything he had at Kross, and Kross threw it right back at him. Kross drove Lee into the canvas with a Doomsday Saito, locked on the Kross-Jacket and survived a thunderous Spirit Bomb from the champion. In the end, the battle made its way to the ropes, where Kross was able to take control and plant Lee into the mat with a second Doomsday Saito for the three-count.

Doomsday has arrived for NXT. Is there anyone who can stop Karrion Kross, or will we all fall and pray before the new NXT Champion?

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