The October 30 2019 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 #531 of WWE NXT by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRae
After opening the show with a portion of one of her newer songs, Poppy played Io Shirai to the ring with Scary Mask, a song that accompanied an Io Shirai video package earlier this year.
Both women determined to prove that they were the prime candidate for Women’s Championship No. 1 Contender, Io Shirai and Candice LeRae launched into a striking exchange as soon as the match began. Candice scored a near fall with a senton, climbing the ropes to continue the assault when Io Shirai kicked out, but Shirai prevented the attack with a lungblower.
From here, Io Sharai took complete control, stomping Candice LeRae in the corner before going for a pin, but Candice kicked out. Shirai got a little too confident, letting her foot off the gas pedal for a moment, and it cost her.
Candice LeRae took the opportunity to get back into the fight, wearing Shirai down before moving the action to the apron, where she and Shirai fought in a test of strength, each woman attempting to avoid being the one to take the hit.
Io Shirai rolled back into the ring, only to be thrown from the top rope into the ring moments later, but got her revenge by kicking LeRae to the floor before diving on top of her. Back in the ring, Io Shirai leveled Candice with a missile dropkick, following it up with more kicks and a fastball punch to the face of LeRae.
After a bit more back and forth, Io trapped Candice in a submission hold in the middle of the ring, but Candice broke free, locking in a hold of her own and dropping Io with a kick when she escaped. The two collided in a double crossbody, Candice LeRae wasting no time in coming back with strikes in the corner to capitalize.
Candice followed with a tornado DDT from the top rope, but it wasn’t enough to put Shirai away and the match continued. LeRae went for an avalanche swinging neckbreaker, which Shirai stopped by shoving her from the top rope, going for a moonsault afterward, but Candice saw it coming, putting her knees up at the last second.
Io Shirai clenched LeRae in a triangle hold which Candice narrowly escaped by putting a foot on the ropes. Frustrated, Io brought a chair into the ring, prepared to take a disqualification to put a stop to Candice’s advances.
The referee stopped her and the distraction gave Candice the opportunity to take a shot at a roll-up, but Shirai wouldn’t stay down. The steel chair still in the ring, Shirai laid on top of it, waiting for Candice to go for a moonsault and rolling out of the way when she did, sending Candice straight into the chair, giving Io the win.
Io Shirai tried to beat Candice down post-match, but Rhea Ripley interfered, attempting to challenge Io right then, but Shirai backed away up the ramp before much damage was done.
Winner: Io Shirai
Finn Bálor Pulls No Punches
Finn Bálor, surrounded by a brand new aura, made his way to the ring to shed some light on his vicious actions against Johnny Gargano last week. After giving his rather unfavorable opinions on The Fiend and the WWE Universe, Bálor warned that he was ‘the guy’ in WWE and when he was done with Johnny Gargano, he would be Johnny Watches Wrestling.
Shane Thorne vs. Bronson Reed
Knowing that he was at a size disadvantage for this matchup, Shane Thorne flew at Bronson Reed with the opening bell, flattening him with a series of kicks. Bronson Reed responded with a clothesline/senton combo, however, taking any chance of a quick victory from Thorne’s mind.
The two traded chops in the middle of the ring, Bronson coming out on top of the interaction with a forearm, but Thorne came back with a suplex to even the score.
After multiple strikes, a suplex, and a piledriver, Bronson Reed thought the victory was in his grasp, but Shane powered out of the pin. Bronson climbed the ropes to put Shane down for good, but Shane caught up to him, his foot connecting with the side of Bronson’s head.
Shane went for a hurricanrana, but Bronson was able to shove him to the mat, splashing on top of him the moment Shane’s back hit the mat, which earned Bronson the win.
Winner: Bronson Reed
Asuka and Kairi Sane (c) vs. Dakota Kai and Tegan Nox
Women’s Tag Team Championships Match
Having defeated Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir last week, Tegan and Dakota earned the right to face Asuka and Kairi for their Tag Team Championships, cashing in on that opportunity on this episode of NXT.
The champs got the early advantage with their ruthless strikes, and when Dakota and Tegan looked like they might be making a comeback, Asuka and Kairi came right back, launching their opponents into the steel steps outside of the ring.
Back from commercial, Dakota and Tegan were once again working together in the ring, this time focusing their efforts on Asuka, wearing her down with double team maneuvers until Dakota scored a near fall.
After jerking Dakota’s fragile knee in the ropes, Asuka hip bumped her to the floor, taking her time in going after her, as Tegan was by her side to ensure she recovered. In the ring, Asuka taunted Dakota by grinding her foot into the back of her head before firing kicks into her torso.
Asuka attempted to tap Dakota out with a leg lock, but Dakota was able to use her other leg to force Asuka to loosen the hold. Kairi Sane took over from here, but was just as dominant over Dakota as her teammate had been, resuming Asuka’s strategy of pulverizing Dakota’s knee.
With Asuka back in the ring, Dakota nearly escaped to her corner, but Asuka dragged her back, tagging in Kairi Sane, who sadistically allowed Dakota to throw several strikes at her while she merely brushed them off before sending Dakota back to the mat for more submissions.
Asuka and Kairi double-teamed Dakota Kai, growing more confident with each passing moment, Asuka gaining another near fall with a string of strikes and submissions.
Back from commercial, Dakota Kai was still being torn apart by the Empress of Tomorrow, who stepped over to her corner to discuss her and Kairi’s next move before the two flew at Dakota with double-team offense.
Dakota was so disoriented by this move that she accidentally stumbled into the Kabuki Warriors’ corner rather than her own, but miraculously was able to escape, throwing both Kairi and Asuka from the apron.
This allowed Tegan Nox to get the hot tag, and she sprinted into the match without hesitation, taking out both Asuka and Kairi before going for the Shiniest Wizard on Asuka. Unfortunately for Tegan, Asuka caught her in a leglock. Tegan countered with a hold of her own, which Kairi broke before Asuka tapped. Dakota ran in to help and was thrown with a suplex from Asuka.
Dakota tagged in, finally picking up steam against Asuka, so Kairi caused a distraction, taking the referee’s attention to give Asuka a window to hit Dakota with the green mist. With Dakota blinded by the mist, Kairi flung herself from the top rope with an Insane Elbow, taking the win and retaining the Tag Team Championships.
Asuka and Kairi were quick to get out of dodge, leaving Tegan and Dakota drained and defenseless against Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir flanked by Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler.
The horsewomen unleashed on Tegan and Dakota, drawing Rhea Ripley to the ring, who was soon followed by Io Shirai and Bianca Belair, causing a massive brawl which brought out the entire women’s locker room.
Seeing chaos breaking out in the midst of his show, William Regal appeared on the perch above the crowd, demanding that the women separate themselves before announcing a WarGames match between the teams of Rhea Ripley, Tegan Nox, Dakota Kai, and Candice LeRae, and Io Shirai, Bianca Belair, Marina Shafir, Jessamyn Duke, and Shayna Baszler, though the faces will need a fifth member, Mia Yim will surely be more than willing to jump in.
Winner: The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane)
Tyler Bate vs. Cameron Grimes
No strangers to each other, Tyler Bate was well aware of Cameron Grimes’ usual Cave In to start the match strategy and offset it with a quick attack of his own. From there, the two struggled for dominance, each unable to get the better of the other.
Tyler Bate ultimately won this contest with an airplane spin into a dropkick, hurling Cameron Grimes to the outside. Bate wanted the dive from here, but Cameron recovered, leaping back into the ring for a swinging neckbreaker.
Back from commercial, Tyler Bate is attempting to take Grimes down but Cameron hits a suplex before he can complete the attack. Cameron Grimes then shifted his approach from physical attacks to submissions, locking in an armbar after some joint manipulation.
Bate came back with an uppercut, a suplex, and a shooting star press in rapid succession, looking for the win, but only gained a near fall. Grimes went for an electric chair but Tyler transitioned into a hurricanrana, scoring another two count.
The two traded near falls until Tyler eventually dove onto Cameron to the outside. After throwing Cameron back in, however, Tyler was distracted by Killian Dain, who slowly made his way down to the ring. By the time Tyler had refocused on the match, Cameron Grimes had recovered and connected with a Cave In for the win.
But this wouldn’t be the end of Tyler Bate’s troubles, as Killian Dain had made him a target because of his friendship with Pete Dunne. Dain rag-dolled Bate at ringside before shouting at him to tell his friend that they had unfinished business.
Winner: Cameron Grimes
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Angel Garza and Mia Yim Showcases
Although neither Angel Garza nor Mia Yim were featured in the ring, they both made this episode of NXT in the form of video packages highlighting their characters.
Mia Yim’s focused on her role of NXT’s head baddie in charge while Angel Garza was given the opportunity to talk a little about the Garza dynasty and his uncle, Hector Garza, who serves as inspiration for everything Angel, along with his cousin Humberto Carrillo, does in the ring.
Keith Lee and Matt Riddle vs. Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish
Using their impeccable tag team offense to start the match, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish worked together to incapacitate Matt Riddle before focusing on Keith Lee. Unfortunately, Keith Lee wasn’t taken down by the Era; in fact, he was barely fazed at all, taking them both out in response.
Kyle and Bobby tried to use Keith’s momentum against him and send him out of the ring, but Keith scouted the move, stopping inches from the ropes and forcing O’Reilly and Fish to rethink their strategy.
Matt Riddle took control after helping Lee beat the Era down at ringside, hitting Bobby Fish with a Jackhammer and gaining a near fall before handing him over to Keith, who toyed with the much smaller opponent by holding him at arm’s length before acquainting his face with the mat.
Kyle and Bobby threw themselves at Keith Lee again and again, Lee taking it all in stride, their efforts having absolutely no effect whatsoever. The Era eventually slowly fought their way back into the match by double-teaming Matt Riddle in their corner.
Bobby Fish gained a near fall for their team with a suplex, following it with a chin lock when Riddle kicked out of the pin. Fish and O’Reilly went back to double-team offense, which Riddle tried to put a stop to with kicks to each aggressor, but they caught him in a brainbuster anyway.
Tired of watching his partner suffer from 2-on-1 attacks, Keith Lee broke the pin, tagging into the match shortly after and coming after both Kyle and Bobby guns blazing.
And as Keith Lee has the power of 4 or 5 men, he was able to handle both men with ease, wearing down Kyle and Bobby simultaneously. He was stopped momentarily by Bobby Fish, but was back in action before long, launching himself from the top rope in a moonsault.
Bobby rolled out of the way, and the impact of Keith Lee hitting the mat was enough to give Bobby and Kyle a shot at taking him down. But with a powerbomb to Kyle O’Reilly, Keith Lee escaped to his corner, tagging in Matt Riddle.
Riddle fired off multiple suplexes and a Broton, but just as Kyle and Bobby had completely lost control, Roderick Strong and Adam Cole appeared on the apron, attempting to cause a disqualification.
Matt Riddle successfully fought them off, leaving them to fall victim to Keith Lee, who pounced Adam Cole about 10 feet into Roderick Strong. But when Riddle turned back to the action, he was caught with a Total Elimination high low finisher from Bobby and Kyle, losing the match.
Post-match, Undisputed Era pummeled Keith Lee and Matt Riddle, but Tommaso Ciampa intervened, smashing into The Era with his crutch before making an example out of Kyle O’Reilly, unleashing a barrage of punches into his face and giving him over to Riddle and Lee, who added their own exclamation points, then threw Kyle onto his teammates at ringside.
Tommaso Ciampa slowly approached Goldie, but stopped himself, informing his precious prize that it would have to wait – because he was going to war.
Winner: Undisputed Era
NXT Results (October 30 2019)
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