WWE NXT, Feb. 17, 2021

*Spoilers Ahead

Repercussions from NXT Takeover: Vengeance Day PPV were fast and furious. Let’s get to the results.

Kyle O’Reilly demands answers

An infuriated Kyle O’Reilly opened this week’s NXT show, demanding a one on one with Undisputed ERA leader Adam Cole. With an explanation for the superkick, O’Reilly suffered at Cole’s hands at the Vengeance Day PPV. However, the former NXT Champion was a no-show. Instead, UE member Roderick Strong comes to the ring to play peacekeeper and keep O’Reilly calm. But O’Reilly was having none of it.

Meanwhile, a seething NXT Champion, Finn Balor, arrived at the ring. Demanding an explanation from O’Reilly for the superkick he received from Cole that same night. Saying he holds O’Reilly responsible.

While the three men hashed it out in the ring, Pete Dunne and the NXT Tag Team Champions Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch attacked. Leaving all three men lying on the mat. Prompting NXT General Manager William Regal to make a six-man tag match for the evening’s main event.

Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon def. Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell

The Way, made up of Johnny Gargano, Candice LeRae, Indi Hartwell, and the missing Austin Theory, made their way to the ringside area. Visibly distraught over their missing member. Actually, handing out missing person flyers of Theory to the NXT Universe in attendance.

Gargano joined on commentary as the match got underway. An entertaining back and forth match, with each team getting the upper hand. Blackheart and Moon seem to be bonding well as a team, feeding off each other, and working well together. LeRae and Hartwell have always been stressed in the ring. Hartwell doesn’t seem to be finding her place beside LeRae. During the match, cut scenes of a white “creeper” van kept showing on the Titantron.

Finally, Gargano heads out of the arena. He is shown slowly searching the van. Back in the ring, LeRae and Hartwell get to the upper hand and are about to put this match away when Gargano reemerges in the arena with a hooded figure, with their hands and feet still zip-tied together.

Removing the hood to show he has found Theory in his underpants. Gargano is thrilled to have found Theory and is joined in celebration by LeRae. Subsequently, leaving Hartwell in the ring, with no back-up. Hartwell is taken by surprise with a roll-up by Moon and a three count later The Way was defeated. However, to be reunited with Theory was a bigger victory.

Leon Ruff def. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott

In a very fun and entertaining match. That saw a little of everything. Ruff secured the victory with a crucifix. After which Scott lost it, stomping Ruff repeatedly, and bashing him into the turnbuckle.

We saw a more aggressive and cocky Scott in this match, ending with a loss. A major change could be around the corner for Isaiah “Swerve” Scott.

Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter def. Aliyah & Jessi Kamea w/Robert Stone

One of my favorite tag teams Catanzaro and Carter looked to get back on the winning path after coming up short in the Dusty Cup. The fast-paced match had both teams humming until Aliyah was dropped on her head with a neck breaker-splash combo for the victory.

Xia Li confronted Catanzaro after the match, placing a mark on Catanzaro’s hand, Li promised to “purge” her next week.

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WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler confronted Raquel González & Dakota Kai

MSK and Gonzalez & Kai were celebrating their victories in the Dusty Classic. Each team stating they were looking forward to their upcoming title matches. Leading to a surprise confrontation with the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler.

Tensions were high as all four women met, eye to eye, neither team backing down. While in the background, MSK and WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix shared popcorn and enjoyed the show.

Kushida def. Tyler Rust via Malcolm Bivens’ forfeit

Kushida was still reeling from a grueling match against Gargano this past Sunday, and Rust really looked to take advantage. Another very well-fought, back and forth match. However, Kushida locked on the Hoverboard submission lock. Forcing Malcolm Bivens to forfeit on Rust’s behalf.

Zoey Stark def. Valentina Feroz

Stark’s NXT debut was a physical offensive sight. Feroz never stood a chance as Stark made short work of her opponent, finishing Feroz with a knee strike for the victory.

Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch def. Finn Bálor, Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong in a Six-Man Tag Team Match

The action was furious inside the ring. All six participants took their turn with the upper hand throughout this match, each hitting their signature moves on their opponents. Until Dunne inadvertently took out the ref. Balor was posied for the Coup de Grace on Dunne when Adam Cole shoved Balor off the top rope and then came face to face with O’Reilly outside the ring. Dropping O’Reilly with yet another superkick, then leaving O’Reilly motionless with a suplex on the steel steps.

However, inside the ring, Balor unknowingly Pele kicked Strong. Allowing Dunne to hit the Bitter End finisher on Balor, picking up the victory for his team.

Balor tasted yet another superkick from Cole. The show faded as Cole holds the NXT Championship above his head in victory.

My Thoughts

I don’t know where the abduction of Theory is going. Did Dexter Loomis do something to him to get at Gargano as his North American title? It should be a fun side note with this feud bound to happen.

Finally, I have been waiting for Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole to have a match since UE was formed. After last night’s match, it is said that O’Reilly was carted out of the arena on a stretcher. Some are saying he was having seizures, although nothing has been confirmed. WWE will sometimes use the carting out of someone to make the upcoming feud look more personal. Let’s hope that is what it is.

I see one hell of a three-way match for the NXT Championship coming before long between Champ Finn Balor, Kyle O’Reilly, and Adam Cole. Maybe at the biggest stage of them all, Wrestlemania!