This is the blog for WWE NXT episode of August 31, 2021, which will include preview, match card, start time, location, results, live updates and more information for the show.
Date – August 31, 2021
Location – Capitol Wrestling Center, Orlando, FL, US
Time – 8 PM EST(1 September 2021 12 AM GMT/5:30 AM IST)
- Sarray defeated Mandy Rose in a singles match via count-out.
- Kyle O’Reilly defeated Duke Hudson in a singles match via submission.
- Imperium(Marcel Barthel & Fabian Archer) defeated Grayson Waller & Drake Maverick in a tag team match via pinfall.
- LA Knight defeated Johnn Gargano in a singles match via pinfall.
- Raquel Gonzalez defeated Jessi Kamea in a singles match via pinfall.
- Roderick Strong defeated Ikemen Jiro in a singles match via pinfall.
- Tommaso Ciampa defeated Ridge Holland in a singles match via pinfall.
Mandy Rose vs Sarray: A good back and forth match ended via count out after Mandy Rose ate a dropkick to the face. Dolin and Jayne took Rose to the back and Sarray was declared the winner. This was earlier reported to be an injury.
Tommaso Ciampa cut a promo backstage, saying Thatcher being put on shelf does not sit well with him. Tonight, he fights for NXT when he steps against Ridge Holland.
Kyle O’Reilly vs Duke Hudson: KOR started with quick lefts and rights to take control early. But Hudson overpowered him eventually. KOR then started to work on Hudson’s leg. After more back and forth action, KOR hits a knee drop on Hudson’s knee and got the submission win with a heel hook.
New NXT UK Champion Ilja Dragunov comes out. He says he wanted to address fans one more time before going back home. He feels like a man who just survived the biggest, most intense battle of his life. Now, he has to show the world what it takes to be the NXT UK Champion. Dragunov says we all saw that The Ring General has fallen. Long live the Czar!!
Kay Lee Ray is interviewed backstage. She says because William Regal phoned her and said that the women’s division needs a boost and a new top player. She claims that other top names like Io Shirai, Ember Moon and others are falling and she will dominate the division.
Carmelo Hayes is interviewed and tease challenging for all the men’s titles. Legado Del Fantasma comes up to threaten him and be wise to stay out of North American title and their business.
Drake Maverick & Grayson Waller vs Imperium – Drake was the mature partner here- a role reversal for him. Waller was run over by Imperium until he tagged in Drake. Drake ran hot with quick moves. Waller took the bling tag and it proved to be fatal as Imperium finished him off with Imperial Bomb.
LA Knight vs Johnny Gargano: Backstage, Indi Hartwell asks Johnny Gargano to give Dexter Lumis a chance. He says he will think about it. He runs into Lumis and demands that he just be normal for once.
Knight starts the match strong with his power. Gargano goes for GargaNo Espace early but Knight reaches the ropes. Knight used to take control in the match but Gargano kept coming back. Near the end, Gargano rallied before Knight sent him to the floor. Dexter caught Gargano on the floor. Knight got distracted by Dexter to eat superkick. But then Gargano gets distracted by Dexter who offers him a hand. Knight hits BFT to get the win.
MSK goes to William Regal and asks for a tag title defense against Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan.
Raquel Gonzalez vs Jessi Kamea – NXT Women’s Champion dominated the match early on. Kamea attacked on her leg to take control of the match. Kamea worked on the knee for a while before they went back and forth in the final minute of the match. Gonzalez hit one-handed powerbomb to get the win.
Samoa Joe sits with Wade Barrett for an interview. Joe says he is all about redifining himself in this title reign. He had to win the title because the precedent needs to be set. His third reign with the NXT Title has taught him that legacy is important and needs to be upheld, and the precedent needs to be maintained, whether it’s in the media or with the fans.
Roderick Strong vs Ikemen Jiro- Jiro starts quick with armdrag and hurricanrana. Strong sends him into the steel steps to take control. Jiro fought back late into the match before Strong hit two backbreakers to get the win.
NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions Io Shirai & Zoey Stark vs Kacy Catenzaro & Kayden Carter is announced for next week. Some tension is shown between Shirai and Stark.
A segment between Cameroon Grimes & Ted Dibiase and Grizzled Young Veterans over replica Million Dollar title belt.
Ridge Holland vs Tommaso Ciampa – Ciampa tried his best to keep control, but Pete Dunne and company kept interferring to give Holland a way back. At the end, Ciampa hit a series of knee strikes and Willow Bell to get the pin.
Dunne, Lorcan and Burch attacked Ciampa just after the match. MSK came out to make the save.