NXT Ratings, Results, and Review (July 13, 2021)

Live from the Capitol Wrestling Center, welcome to this week’s edition of the NXT Ratings, Results, and Review! On this episode, Karrion Kross defends the NXT Championship against Johnny Gargano – with Samoa Joe as the referee! Plus, we have the start of this year’s NXT Breakout Tournament, Sarray vs. Gigi Dolin, all the fallout from Great American Bash, and more! Without further ado, let’s get into it!

Ember Moon vs. Dakota Kai

Ember Moon and Dakota Kai start the match with a classic collar and elbow tie-up. Moon and Kai exchange technical maneuvers until Kai takes control with a stiff kick to the jaw. Just when you think Kai is in complete control, Moon takes to the sky and hits a suicide dive. However, Kai pours on a rapid-fire series of kicks again to regain the momentum. Kai does a handstand to kick Moon and yanks Moon off the ropes hard, then charges for a running boot and connects. Moon writhes on her back in pain, and Kai goes climbing the ropes, but Moon cuts her off and gives her a head-scissor for another near-fall. Both women are down now. Moon gets up first and goes out to the apron. González distracts Moon just long enough for Kai to capitalize with a G2K for the pin.

Match Result: Dakota Kai defeated Ember Moon via Pinfall in 13:02.
Jerry’s Star Rating: 3.5 Star Match

The lights go out and Xia Li marches down to the ring, where González and Kai are waiting. Li walks right over to González and demands a title shot. González takes off the belt and says “You want this? You got it!” Li walks away.

Tyler Rust vs. Bobby Fish

The bell rings, and Rust takes advantage early. He hits a series of slams, chops, stomps, and forearms. A stiff kick to the spine fires Fish up, he does a takedown and a kick of his own. After some exchanges, Bobby Fish suplexes Rust right onto his head. Roderick Strong jumps on the apron for a distraction. Fish just knocks Rust right out of the ring. Fish dares Strong to get in, Rust capitalizes and hits a chop block to the knee from behind and a buzzsaw kick to the head for the pin.

Match Result: Tyler Rust defeated Bobby Fish via Pinfall in 2:38.
Jerry’s Star Rating: 2 Star Match

Gigi Dolin vs. Sarray

Sarray has Dolin in a headlock. Dolin shoots her off and drops down. Both women are suddenly distracted by the arrival of Mandy Rose. Both competitors exchange strikes and submissions. Dolin connects with an STO, but Sarray gets up at one. Sarray then hits a KO Dropkick and a high-angle suplex for the three. Mandy Rose nods her head and walks away.

Match Result: Sarray defeated Gigi Dolin via Pinfall in 3:33.
Jerry’s Star Rating: 2 Star Match

Dexter Lumis vs. Santos Escobar

The match starts, and Lumis stares Escobar down. Escobar walks over, kicks him, and knocks him down with a shoulder tackle. Lumis pops right back up and blocks a forearm with one hand, but the second one gets through. He hits a takedown before pulling himself around the ring on his knees. Escobar gets creeped out by the creeper from the creep farm and tells both of his flunkies to get him! The two men find themselves back in the ring as the action heats up. A combination of headlocks, clotheslines, and suplexes was hit between them. Dexter begins to gain momentum, but interference by Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde costs him. Escobar hits the Phantom Driver for three.

Match Result: Santos Escobar defeated Dexter Lumis via Pinfall in 9:19.
Jerry’s Star Rating: 3 Star Match

NXT Breakout Tournament Match:
Duke Hudson vs. Ikemen Jiro

The bell rings, and Hudson throws Jiro on his face. That was the theme of the entire match. Jiro’s speed was dismantled by brute strikes. Hudson pulled Jiro up by the hair and shot him into the ropes. Jiro went for a sunset flip and failed. Hudson unloads with power shots and an uppercut. Jiro begins to fight back with a flurry of moves. Hudson fights him off for a moment but eats a series of kicks before responding with a Big Bossman Slam for the win.

Match Result: Duke Hudson defeated Ikemen Jiro via Pinfall in 4:51.
Jerry’s Star Rating: 2.5 Star Match

Pete Dunne Promo

Pete Dunne: “I don’t care who wins tonight. Find Gargano and ask him who the man is around here. Find Kross and ask him about the triangle choke. He had no answers. I’m the baddest man here.”

Timothy Thatcher interrupts: “Well, which is it?”

Dunne: “Who’s asking?”

Tommaso Ciampa runs out, and they brawl.

Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter vs. Jessi Kamea & Aliyah (w/ Robert Stone)

The match starts with a few moves and holds. All four women get in the ring and the ref tries and fails to take control. Catanzaro dives on the outside, Carter with a superkick to Aliyah, Catanzaro gets the tag and the 450 off the ropes for the pin.

Match Result: Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter defeated Robert Stone Brand (Aliyah & Jessi Kamea) via Pinfall in 3:28.
Jerry’s Star Rating: 1 Star Match

Adam Cole Promo

Cole: “You went through the fire, huh? You sure did Kyle, and you got burned by ol’ Adam Cole, bay bay! But I’m sick of talking about Kyle. I want to talk about you, Samoa Joe. The big bad man who snuck up from behind and put me in the clutch. The man who stood here and did nothing as Kyle tried to rip my knee from my socket. Joe, you are nothing but an overpaid security guard in a suit.”

Bronson Reed interrupts and they fight. Reed is the last one standing.

NXT Championship Match:
Karrion Kross (c.) vs. Johnny Gargano

The crowd was chanting “Johnny Wrestling” before the match even started, and continued to chant for him throughout. Gargano dives to the floor to wipe Kross out. Kross pops right back up and gives Gargano a big boot. Johnny tries and fails to knock Kross down with a couple of clotheslines but connects with a step-up enzuigiri. Kross responds with power move after power move, almost causing a submission.

As the match is nearing its end, Johnny has one last push. Gargano hits a DDT to the floor! Then we get One Final Beat back in the ring, but Kross kicks out! Kross responds with a forearm, three straight powerbombs, and a Doomsday Saito Suplex. Joe asks Gargano if he’s done and he doesn’t respond. Kross smirks and hits the forearm to the back of the head for the win.

Match Result: Karrion Kross defeated Johnny Gargano via Pinfall to retain the NXT Championship in 12:47.
Jerry’s Star Rating: 3.5 Star Match

In the last segment, Joe raises the victor’s hand, but Kross still gets in his face anyway. Joe dares him to do something. Kross jumps him from behind with the submission! Joe drops to his knees as Kross refuses to let go.

Overall, a pretty solid outing from the yellow brand tonight.

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