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WWE NXT Results – January 27, 2021

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Keep up with all of tonight’s WWE NXT results, as the show’s 350th episode emanates from The Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida and features the continuation of both the Men’s and Women’s Dusty Classic Tournaments!

Matches and segments announced for the show include:

  • Finn Bálor & Kyle O’Reilly vs Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch
  • MSK defeat Drake Maverick & Killian Dain via Pinfall– Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Quarterfinal match.
  • Grizzled Young Veterans defeat Kushida & Leon Ruff via Pinfall – Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Quarterfinal match.
  • Raquel González & Dakota Kai defeat Aliyah & Jessi Kamea via Pinfall Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Quarterfinal match
  • Tyler Rust defeats Rios via Submission in 4:01
  • Bronson Reed defeats Issiah ‘Swerve’ Scott via Pinfall in 5:52
  • Finn Balor & Kyle O’Reilly defeat Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch via submission in 13:37

Live Results and Analysis Provided by ITRWrestling Writer Liam Stewart

MSK defeat Killian Dain & Drake Maverick via pinfall in 11:06 to advance to the Dusty Cup Semi Finals.

  • Wes [Xavier] and Maverick start the match off for their respective teams.
  • MSK utilise their superior chemistry and tag team knowledge to isolate Maverick from his powerhouse partner.
  • Eventually Dain Is tagged in and he utilises Maverick as a weapon gain control of the momentum and begin working over the former Wentz.
  • Although Dain has a sizeable power and well…size advantage MSK are able to use a flurry of fast tags and strikes to chop the big man down.
  • MSK connect with the push assisted Shooting Star Press however Dain makes the save for his team before Maverick gets a near fall of his own.
  • Dain’s momentum knocks him out the ring allowing MSK to connect with their yet unnamed finisher the assisted blockbuster and pick up the win.
  • MSK will face the winners of Lucha House Party vs. Legado Del Fantasma

Analysis: A solid if somewhat lacklustre opener for this weeks show. MSK have not been able to truly hit 100% yet in-ring however regardless of if it is LHP or LDF that they face-off against in the Dusty Cup Semi Final they will be facing off against a duo that can work with them to demonstrate the teams true skills. I feel NXT has dropped a ball in the form of Dain and Maverick, similarly to when they had a high potential opportunity with Aliyah + Rhea and they just rushed to the end. Small note but Wentz’ gear is a little bit odd and I would like to see them tidy it up a bit and make it look a little bit less ill fighting.

Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez defeat Aliyah and Jessi Kamea [w/ Robert Stone] via pinfall in 5:47 to advance to the Dusty Cup Semi Finals.

  • Dakota Kai dominates Aliyah early on showboating her incredible strength before Kamea tags in.
  • Eventually Aliyah and Kamea use some innovative tag team offence to get back into things however a countered Baseball Slide allows Dakota Kai to connect with a beautiful Pump Kick.
  • The skill gap is put over heavily by commentary with Dakota and Raquel picked all round as favourites for the tournament overall whilst Aliyah and Kamea are discussed as up and comers.
  • Jessi Kamea’s hot tag goes catastrophically bad as she is laid out by Raquel Gonzalez’s huge single handed Powerbomb.
  • Dakota and Raquel advance in the Dusty Classic and will face Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter next week.

Analysis: This was solid enough, pretty predictable but it needed to be. Aliyah got some offence in and that was solid enough for making this more than a full on squash match. Raquel and Dakota should be winning the Dusty Cup hands down and should be taking the Women’s Tag Team belts off Charlotte and Asuka and back to WWE NXT!

Tyler Rust [w/ Malcom Bivens] defeats Rios? via submission in 3:02.

  • No entrances again, match is cut straight to following an Ad-break.
  • Bivens states he hand picked Rusts opponent to help get him back on track after he went into business for himself last week.
  • Rust dominates his opponent with a flurry of strikes and grapples however eventually it becomes a fairly even match for a series of moments.
  • Following the inverted SOS Rust locks in a butterfly submission to pick up the win.
  • Post match Rust ‘TeaBags’ his opponent as Bivens takes selfies and photos of his client.

Analysis: Firstly I think it was poorly communicated WHO Rust’s opponent was, I believe Rios was said once but no actual announcing or name sharing was utilised by commentary. The match was solid and Rust continues to look very slick and like a picture perfect NXT moulded performer. The pacing of this show has felt incredibly off and although that could be the cluster of tag matches I actually think it is more down to the lack of time given before matches, two entrances out of a possible six and it ruins the natural flow of the show and segments.

‘GYV’ Zack Gibson and James Drake defeat Kushida and Leon Ruff via pinfall in 10:28 to advance to the Dusty Cup Semi Finals.

  • Pre-match promo by Gibson of GYV as he declares the inclusion of Ruff and Kushida in this tournament a disgrace. He calls himself and Drake the only true tag team remaining the tournament.
  • Gibson can only watch early on as Kushida and Ruff work over Drake with their speed and agility allowing them to easily isolate Drake.
  • Despite their lack of tag team experience Kushida and Ruff show incredibly chemistry and ring awareness illustrated perfectly with Kushida saving Ruff from a Double Suplex attempt.
  • Although the underdogs are in control when we go to a commercial break, GYV are comfortably in control when we return and Gibson is working over the former NA Champion at ringside.
  • Eventually Rush wipes out Gibson however Drake makes the hot tag and instead of working over Rush he trash talks the former IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion.
  • Kushida uses the distraction to make the hot tag and he explodes onto Drake with a flurry of strikes and a sequence of huge dropkicks.
  • Gibson escapes an Octopus hold and sets Kushida up for a Doomsday device with assistance from Drake.
  • Leon Ruff hits a huge modified bouncing close line following a dive to the outside, he misses the Senton and this sets up GYV alone in the ring to hit the Ticket to Mayhem.
  • GYV defeat Kushida and Ruff via Pinfall to Advance to the Dusty Cup Semi Finals, they will face either Ciampa & Thatcher or Undisputed Era.
  • Post-Match Theory and Gargano attack Kushida and Ruff with Gargano connecting with the One Final Beat only for Dexter Lumis to appear and spook them away.

Analysis: In ring this was fine, but once again neither team received entrances which not only indicates that I should not care about the performers but also as said many times already tonight, ruins the pacing of the match. GYV winning is the correct choice and doing it clean and having The Way get involved afterwords makes perfect sense, MSK vs. GYV has the potential to replicate the in-ring success of American Alpha/DIY vs The Revival with the clash of styles working perfectly for selling a story.

Toni Storm calls out Io Shirai, Martinez confronts the Champion before Storm makes her intentions known.

  • Before the match Santos Escobar was shown to have attacked Curt Stallion and thus their match tonight is off until next week. Karrion Kross is shown to have been in the area and he leaves a calling card on the Cruiserweight Championship.
  • Toni States that she does not wait to be awarded opportunities and she wanted to win the Dusty Cup and Shirai took that away so now she wants her NXT Women’s Championship.
  • Io responds stating that she has already made it clear she will fight anyone anywhere, the two begin to brawl with Shirai coming out on top before Mercedes Martinez lays her out.
  • Martinez poses with the title before Storm attacks her and the two brawl, Shirai hits a huge dropkick to regain control before Storm lays her and Martinez out to close the segment.

Analysis: This was the highlight of the show at this point, Storm [who often struggles on mic] did a very good job of conveying her intentions are reasoning, the ensuing brawl with Shirai was really good and seeing Mercedes pose with the title was great. Storm standing tall made sense and I would be all for seeing these three face off for the title with the former RETRIBUTION member coming out on top and leaving TakeOver the Women’s Champion.

Bronson Reed defeats Issiah ‘Swerve’ Scott via pinfall

  • Pre-match we get a IMPERIUM hype package surrounding World Dominance with a tease that WALTER could be coming.
  • Swerve is thrown over the top rope but he counters the fall into a stylish handspring at ringside.
  • On the apron Scott is spiked on his Skull following a DDT attempt, nasty looking bump really strong sell.
  • Swerve hits an incredible middle rope dive but its wiped out by a dive of Reed’s own, very faced past and impactful opener.
  • Returning from the ad-break we go from Reed dominating on the outside to Scott working over the upper-body of Reed in the corner, strange match production.
  • Big Man Bronson hits a huge Death Valley Driver for a near-fall however Issiah kicks out at 2.75
  • Throughout the match Scott has been targeting the shoulder of Reed and it eventually gives in as he attempts to lift up the Former Lucha Underground competitor.
  • A picture perfect 450 Splash gives Swerve a great near fall however Reed kicks-out hits the Tsunami and picks up the pinfall victory.

Analysis: This has been the best match all night, Swerve was back to his Strickland best and Reed showed by he is a picture perfect hybrid athlete. Sure this match lacked any real stakes or heat, but at least it had good pacing and some impressive in-ring action. I do not know whats next for either performer but I would be all up for a Rumble cameo for Reed.

Finn Balor & Kyle O’Reilly defeat Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch via submission, Pete Dunne attacks.

  • Lorcan and Balor start things off with some fast paced British Style Wrestling, responding to commentaries questioning of his Jaws stability Kyle tags in to take on Burch.
  • Balor and O’Reilly dominate early on, the duo are able to gel phenomenally as a team despite their intense feud in recent weeks.
  • Eventually miscommunication costs Balor and O’Reilly and the NXT Tag Team Champions are able to dominate and work over the NXT Champion.
  • A huge double Manhattan Drop allows Lorcan to work over Balor on the mat as commentary discuss how Lorcan and Burch are adapting their style to accommodate the superior in-ring style of Balor.
  • The Pele Kick [which the Brazil international is counting as a goal to extend his lead over Ronaldo] allows Balor to almost make the hot tag before Lorcan cuts it off.
  • Balor eventually gets the tag and hits a series of vicious strikers however Burch targets the still recovering jaw of O’Reilly.
  • Burch comes off the top rope only to be caught in a knee-bar by O’Reilly which forces the immediate tap.
  • Pete Dunne attacks Balor post match whilst Lorcan and Burch isolate O’Reilly in the outside, UE make the save before Balor and UE stare down one another in a sign of confused unity.

This show felt like a stop gap on the road to TakeOver and further feuds. The Dusty Cup much like WarGames derails the natural flow and story telling of WWE NXT. When you include NXT having two Dusty Classics into the season schedule you end up with too many tag matches required in to short an amount of time. It probably would have been easier and more effective to just do the Women’s Dusty Classic.

Whatever has caused NXT to start skipping entrances needs nipped in the bud ASAP as it alongside the derailed story telling and absence of several key stars contributed to what I believe to be arguably the weakest episode of WWE NXT since moving to USA.

I would recommend skipping this weeks show if you are short on time but if you are just wanting to check out the best bits then id recommend the Io Shirai and Toni Storm segment along side GYV vs. Ruff and Kushida and Reed vs. Swerve.