The January 29 2020 edition of WWE NXT, out of the Full Sail Arena in Winter Park, Florida, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #544 of WWE NXT by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Finn Bálor vs. Trent Seven
Following Finn Bálor’s brutal assault on Trent Seven in the parking lot of the performance center, the two agreed to compete one-on-one to open the show.
As Trent made his way to the ring, however, he was attacked again, this time by a kick to the face from Bálor at ringside. Seven continued with the match despite the disadvantage, which only gave Bálor more opportunity for brutality.
Trent persevered as long as he could, attempting to take the win via roll-up, but Bálor was relentless, absolutely pummeling his mustachioed opponent. After a seemingly endless barrage of punishment, Trent somehow found the strength to fight back but was too broken to finish the Prince.
And with a Coup de Grâce and a 1916 in quick succession, Bálor took the win.
Winner: Finn Bálor
Shotzi Blackheart vs. Deonna Purrazzo
After making her stellar entrance on a miniature tank, Shotzi Blackheart jumped in the ring for a match against Deonna Purrazzo.
In an effort to maintain her dominance after last week’s attack on Shotzi, Deonna worked to get the early advantage. Before long, however, Blackheart had Deonna on the ropes with a Question Mark kick.
Purrazzo tried to make a comeback, but in the end, a senton spelled victory for Shotzi.
Winner: Shotzi Blackheart
The Champ is Here
Newly crowned North American Champion, Keith Lee, marched to the ring to celebrate his victory with the NXT audience. Lee said that he was a prophecy ender, but also a fighting champion. And next on his list –
But before he could finish his thought, Damian Priest made his entrance, throwing his name in the hat for No. 1 Contender. Lee seemed intrigued by the challenge, but just then, Dominik Dijakovic joined them as well.
Dijak said that no one deserved the title more than Keith, and no one deserved a shot at it more than him, insulting Priest in the process. Priest took issue with the harsh words, challenging Dijakovic to a fight right then and there.
Keith Lee escaped into the backstage area and the match began.
Damian Priest vs. Dominik Dijakovic
This match continued as it began, with both men doing their best to clobber the other. Dijakovic took control early, sending Priest rolling out of the ring with a flurry of offense, then following him out for more.
Priest responded with a disgusting crucifix bomb on the apron, putting Dijakovic down for the count. After a commercial, Dijak appeared to be back on top, but Priest unleashed on him once more, firing off a series of strikes that won him a near fall.
With a moonsault to the floor, Dijak got back into the match, but a chokeslam from Priest sent him crashing down again. Damian Priest came a split second from victory with a super poisonrana, however, Dijak managed to dodge the Reckoning that followed, responding with a Feast Your Eyes for the win.
Winner: Dominik Dijakovic
In a backstage interview, Tommaso Ciampa promised to get himself a shot at Goldie, the NXT Championship and wasted no time doing just that. Just moments later, Roderick Strong, Kyle O’Reilly, and Bobby Fish were shown laid out, Ciampa appearing on the scene to reveal that it had been his doing.
Shirt ripped and slightly disheveled but looking determined, Ciampa stormed to the ring, set up a table, spray painted a golden X in the center of it, and awaited the arrival of Adam Cole.
As Ciampa expected, Cole came looking for him. General Manager William Regal appeared on stage at Cole’s side, revealing that Cole had already signed a contract for a match against Ciampa at TakeOver Portland, making the attack completely unnecessary, but Ciampa was unfazed.
Ciampa screamed that he never lost the NXT Championship, he was Goldie’s Daddy and he intended to collect her.
Cole approached the ring, contract in hand, and a brawl broke out between them, Ciampa flattening Adam with the title before putting him through a table.
At some point, Cole bloodied Tommaso’s head, so in true Psycho Killer fashion, Tommaso smeared the blood from his own face onto the contract, effectively making the title match at TakeOver official.
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Dakota Kai vs. Tegan Nox
Wasting no time in getting the action started, Dakota Kai charged straight toward the ring but Tegan was ready for her, catching Dakota with her knee brace. This set the tone of the match, the rest of which was more of a fight than a contest.
Tegan and Dakota brawled around the arena, Nox sending Kai face-first into a piece of the set. Back at ringside, Tegan rolled into the ring to break the count, giving Dakota a chance to take control.
Dakota tried to put a steel chair to use, but Tegan kicked it from her grasp, slinging her into a ring post. As Tegan began to pick up steam, Dakota caught her with a forearm, leaving her hanging in the ropes, where Dakota prepared to smash a chair over her face.
But Candice LeRae made the save just in time, so Dakota instead hopped back into the ring, where she met a knee brace to the face from Tegan, who followed with her Shiniest Wizard for the win.
Winner: Tegan Nox
Kayden Carter vs. Chelsea Green
Flanked by her new manager, Robert Stone, Chelsea Green made her way to the ring for her match against Kayden Carter.
Carter kicked off the match with a dropkick, but Chelsea took over, wearing Carter down while blocking every attempt she made at a comeback, Robert Stone grinning at his client from ringside.
Chelsea kept a firm grip on the upper hand for the majority of the match, but eventually let her ego get the better of her, going overboard with the bragging, which cost her the match thanks to a roll-up from Carter.
Winner: Kayden Carter
The Broserweights vs. The Grizzled Young Veterans
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finale
In the final match of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, the unlikely duo of Pete Dunne and Matt Riddle, The Broserweights, took on former NXT UK Tag Team Champions, The Grizzled Young Veterans.
Despite only being a team for a few weeks, Pete Dunne and Matt Riddle have their tag team offense down to a science and used this chemistry to get the better of GYV at every turn.
Desperate to take Riddle and Dunne down, Zack Gibson and James Drake resorted to double-teaming Riddle, but it wasn’t as effective as they had probably hoped, as Riddle and Dunne threw it right back.
The Grizzled Young Veterans successfully managed to keep Dunne from his corner for a portion of the match, but Dunne never allowed the 2-on-1 advantage to derail his momentum and eventually tagged Riddle back in.
Zack Gibson dodged a few of Riddle’s most devastating maneuvers, but Riddle continued without missing a beat, connecting with a Broton that set him up for a suplex and a near fall.
Riddle and Dunne showed off with stunning double team offense, working together fluidly to wear down their opponents. And despite an excellent showing from GYV and a few close calls, an enziguri from Dunne in tandem with a Bro to Sleep from Riddle secured the victory for The Broserweights.
This made Riddle and Dunne the 2020 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Winners and scored them a championship match against Undisputed Era at TakeOver: Portland.
Winner: The Broserweights
WWE NXT Results (January 29 2020)
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