NXT Live Coverage 3-11-2020

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Johnny Gargano and Tomasso Ciampa are one of the longest rivalries going in wrestling right now. We should see how this current chapter will unfold and what's next for the former tag champions. Gargano says he will do things "his way" tonight.

Also on the show are two title matches, Cameron Grimes gets a North American Title Match against Keith Lee. This comes as Grimes has been on a bit of a hot streak as of late. Also on the show are the former tag champs Undisputed Era challenging Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne for the titles. Something else to watch for is what is next for Velveteen Dream and Adam Cole as well as, more qualifying matches for the NXT Takeover: Tampa women's number one contender match. Finally, Rhea Ripley showed up on Raw to confront the Queen, will Charlotte make her way back to Full Sail to respond?

To start the show we see a package with a recap of last week. Our first match tonight will be Keith Lee vs. Cameron Grimes with Keith Lee defending the North American Championship. We also hear Beth Phoenix back on commentary for the first time since she was attacked with an RKO by Randy Orton. While the crowd might be smaller than at Full Sail this performance center crowd is happily cheering for Keith Lee. Grimes is on the attack but Lee quickly caught him and throws him across the ring. Grimes kicks him but Lee punches him and when Grimes punches him Lee throws him out of the ring. Grimes stomps the face of Lee after Lee catches him for a powerbomb. Lee catches Grimes but Grimes counters and Lee lays him down again.  Grimes does a diving crossbody and catches Lee and then continues to kick and stomp at Lee during the commercial break. Lee crossbody blocks Grimes and then a huge elbow to the jaw.  Grimes counters the powerbomb attempt and continues to kick and German Suplexes Lee for a two count. Grimes then does a DDT to Lee but once again only gets a two count. Grimes looks poised for the cave but is caught by Lee. Lee connects the Big Bang Catastrophy and wins and retains the North American Title. As Lee celebrates Damien Priest attacks Keith Lee and Dijakovic also runs out to make Priest leave the ring. Dijakovic picks up the belt and goes to help Lee up but then Lee does a spirit bomb on Dijakovic. 

The next match is for the top contenders match at NXT Takeover Tampa and it is between Mia Yim and Dakota Kai.  Raquel Gonzales accompanies Dakota Kai to the ring. Mia Yim goes on the attack and goes on to continue to provide a hard-hitting offense. Kai kicks out at two and Yim then continues to punish Kai. Yim tries to attack Raquel but she quickly counters and lays out Mia Yim as we go to commercial break. Dakota Kai was on the attack once back from commercial break but Yim quickly counters with a jumping jawbreaker. Kai only gets a two count after doing her Kairocrapter. Yim catches Kai after she goes to kick her and rolls her up for a two count. Yim suplexes Kai from the top rope but only gets a two count due to Rauel taking her foot out. As Raquel argues with the referee Kai rolls up Yim but that does not count. Kai goes to talk to the referee and Yim uses that distraction and rolls up Kai. Yim wins but she is quickly attacked by Raquel. Yim slowly recovers and the crowd continues to chant her name as she goes to the back. We see Ciampa arrive to the PC as well as Undisputed Era warming up for their tag team title match against the Broserweights as we go to break. 

After the break, Kushida is facing off against Raul Mendoza. the breathtaking battle begins and both continue to counter each other's moves. Kushida kicks out after a twisting neck breaker and a hurricainnerana. Kushida then does a series of forearms and does back elbow and kicks to Mendoza. Kushida is then caught on the top rope and Mendoza joins him and Kushida takes him right into the cross-arm arm breaker. Kushida wins the match once Mendoza taps. We then see a recap of what happened between Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley on Monday's Raw and we will hear from NXT Champion Rhea Ripley up next. 

McKenzie Mitchell is standing by with Tyler Breeze. He says that he wouldn't exist without the PC until he is interrupted by Austin Theory. Theory says that the PC also creates megastars but Breeze isn't that and Breeze takes Theory's photo and says that he looks great for a flash in the pan. We then see Ripley come out to the ring. and says that she gets energy by knocking down Flair. Flair then interrupts Ripley and says from the top of the stage that Ripley has guts and has to shot out over the crowd who yells "Go Back To Raw." She says that she will be too much for Ripley to handle and she will drown the fastest rising star in WWE. Ripley attacks and a brawl breaks out between both of them. Ripley launches Flair into the turnbuckle and Flair forces her into the corner and does a Figure 4 from the floor. Flair doesn't release until the referees force her to and she steals the NXT title from the referee and stands over Ripley.  We see a promo featuring Walter but narrated by Balor where in the end he holds up his passport and says he will see him soon. 

We see Mia Yim celebrated her win outside and then two masked men kidnap Raul Mendoza. Inside the ring, Tegan Nox will battle for the top contender match at Takeover Tampa against Deonna Purrazzo. Deonna catches Tegan's arm and does not let it go at the beginning of the match. Tegan escapes but she kicks out at two as Deonna goes for the pin. Deonna then kicks Tegan in the corner and then starts to chop at her as well. Deonna blocks the cannon and then goes for the submission but Tegan counters and Deonna breaks the hold. Tegan then connects with the Shiniest Wizard and moves on to the Number One Contender Ladder Match. We see the Bruiserweights warm up as they defend their tag team title tonight. 

We see all of Undisputed Era accompany Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly into the ring tonight. Velveteen Dream's music starts and we see him on the stage above the announcers. Dream says he has always cared about Adam Cole and the NXT Championship and he has never cared about Roderick Strong. He says that Roderick Strong is dumber than he looks because it was too easy to play with him. Adam Cole interrupts and says that Dream has not won the honor of facing him. Next week Adam Cole will celebrate becoming the longest reigning NXT Champion and proposes that he and Roderick Strong end Dream tonight. Dream says wait a minute and snaps and that's when the Broserweights come out into the ring. Dunne and O'Reilly start off in the ring but both quickly tag in their partners. Riddle brings down Fish and although Fish kicks him that is quickly countered by Riddle. O Reilly goes to interrupt but both members of the Broserweights attack UE. As we come back from Break we see Riddle attack O'Reilly. O'Reilly tags in Fish and Fish starts a brutal attack against Riddle. O'Reilly tag in and continues to attack Riddle with body shots. Fish tags in and continues to get to work on Riddle. Riddle counters but Fish brings him back to the UE's corner. Centaun by Fish but Riddle kicks out at two. O'Reilly tags in and attacks and brings Riddle back into the corner and a tag. Riddle counters and both tag each other's partners. Dunne takes out Fish and then goes for the knee of O'Reilly. Dunne looks for the submission but UE forces the break and then Riddle lays out all 4 members of the UE. Adam Cole attacks and the referee catches his kick and throws both him and Strong out. Dunne goes back to continuing to brutalize O'Reilly until  O'Reilly tags in Fish and both UE continue to tag each other in and begin to brutalize Dunne. Dunne battles and is prevented bu Fish from making the tag to Riddle. O'Reilly goes for the pin but only gets a two count. Both men continue to punch at each other and O'Reilly tags in Fish who quickly tags him back in. Dunne finally reaches Riddle to make the tag and Riddle goes on the attack to both members of the UE. Riddle goes for the pin but only gets a two count. O'Reilly drives Riddle into Dunne but Broserweights counter and O'Reilly barely kicks out at two. Dunne stomps at the side of O'Reilly's jaw and both men continue to kick each other and O'Reilly clothesline, Dunne. Both tag in their partners and Riddle and Fish continue to counter each other's moves. Fish tags in O'Reilly and O'Reilly goes for the pin and that is barely broken up by Dunne. Both members of UE attack Dunne and go to pin Riddle but he breaks out at two. Riddle kicks at them both and all three are on their back in the middle of the ring. The Grizzled Young Veterans come out and cause a distraction and try to help UE win.  Dunne takes out the Grizzled Young Vets. Riddle and Dunne both strike at O'Reilly and they cover him and win and retain their tag team titles.   

NXT advertises Adam Cole's Championship Celebration and Candice LeRae against Mercedes Martinez for the top contender's ladder match next week and tomorrow we will see Finn Balor on NXT UK. We see Tomasso Ciampa come out into the ring right before the commercial break. 

Ciampa reminds Jonnhy that he promised that this week the audience will find out why. We see Johnny appear on the screen and Ciampa leaves to look for Johnny. Both men brawl inside a board room. They both use multiple items throughout the Performance Center to punish each other. Gargano tries to use a crutch but Ciampa catches him and bends the crutch once he swings it at Gargano. Gargano drives Ciampa into a piece of exercise equipment and Ciampa returns the favor against the garage door. Gargano then sprays something into Ciampa's eyes and drives him into the glass. Security tries to break it up but Gargano attacks them. Gargano continues to attack Ciampa and referees try to break it up. Ciampa battles back and pushes a weight into Gargano's stomach. Ciampa then swings a weight into the mirror but Gargano moves out of the way. They both make and battle their way back into the audience. Ciampa then uses a steel chair to force Gargano through the barricade. Gargano pushes Ciampa into the barricade and he then runs away. Ciampa and Gargano are on the perch and Gargano superkicks Ciampa. Ciampa then superkicks Gargano. We see both men on the edge and Gargano punches the referee that breaks it up. Gargano superkicks Ciampa to the edge. Ciampa then throws himself and Gargano from the perch onto the announcer's table.  We see referees and Regal run in and this is how NXT leaves the air. 

Exciting NXT for us tonight. Make sure to follow me on Twitter at @lavidaporeva and the site @wnwnews

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