The June 1, 2021 episode of WWE NXT aired live on the USA Network from Orlando, Florida at the Capitol Wrestling Center.
WWE NXT Results
- Pete Dunne vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Kyle O’Reilly ended in a no contest.
- Kushida def. Carmelo Hayes to retain the WWE NXT Cruiserweight Title.
- The Way (Candice Le Rae & Indi Hartwell) def. Zoey Stark & Zayda Ramier to retain the WWE NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships.
- MSK def. Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde to retain NXT Tag Team Titles.
Here are the takeaways from this week’s show:
Quick Title Match
The Way (Candice Le Rae & Indi Hartwell) defeated Zoey Stark & Zayda Ramier to retain the WWE NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships.
This was an unadvertised match that came across as a random match for the champions to win. It didn’t last long and while Stark and Ramier did have some offense, it was mostly a one-sided affair for the champions.
Stark continues to be a star that WWE pushes yet beats her on a regular basis.
Ember Moon called out NXT Women’s Champion Raquel Gonzalez and the champ answered the call so they started brawling. Moon got the better of her and Raquel was backed up by Regal as well as security.
This led to Dakota Kai coming out and attacking Moon from behind. Regal checked on Moon at ringside. While this was a random segment, it was a wild and fun way to continue the hot start to the show.
Clearly, it looks like Moon vs. Gonzalez is happening at TakeOver.
Eli Drake In Action
Eli Drake worked a match against Jake Atlas on this show. While making his entrance, Drake cut a promo about how he is facing a guy who beat Cameron Grimes two weeks ago in Atlas.
He bragged about dropping Grimes last week in a segment that also featured Ted Dibiase and said that he had it on good authority that the WWE Hall of Famer was watching.
They worked a solid match. Ted came out and watched on from ringside. Grimes also joined him. The two wrestlers had a lot of time to work for a TV match. Atlas went over with cartwheel DDT.
Legado del Fantasma’s Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde challenged NXT Tag Team Champions MSK for the titles on this show.
As expected, this was a chaotic match with the pace always moving faster and faster. MSK did some outside dives before the first commercial break. The heels beat down the champs for a few minutes. At one point, Santos Escobar got involved in a near fall. Bronson Reed took out Escobar at ringside. MSK made a comeback to retain their titles.
Triple Threat Match
Johnny Gargano vs. Pete Dunne vs. Kyle O’Reilly in a triple threat match opened the show with the winner moving on to challenge for the WWE NXT Championship at TakeOver: In Your House later this month.
The match started with some early submission attempts by Kyle and Dunne. Gargano picked up the pace coming out of the first commercial with a few dives in and out of the ring. The fans were hot for this match. There was a cool spot where Dunne had a rear-naked choke in on Kyle, who sold it with his eyes rolling back into his head. In the middle of the ring, Adam Cole, who hasn’t been seen in several weeks, came out and laid out the competitors.
Karrion Kross had been in a feud with Finn Balor over the title with both times having the result which was Kross standing tall with the championship.
Heading into this bout, Gargano lost the NXT North American Championship to Bronson Reed in a steel cage match two weeks ago while Dunne was in action on NXT last week where he defeated Bobby Fish.
Adam Cole Speaks
Cole came out at the top of the second hour to do a promo where he talked about how he took out three of the top stars in NXT in one night. He said that he wants his title back and it wasn’t by mistake that he held the title for such a long period of time.
Scarlett and Karrion Kross came out to the ring. Kross said that he understands why Cole did what he did. He said that no matter what Cole does, it won’t change anything for him. Cole called Kross overrated and Kross isn’t him. Kross is willing to fight all four wrestlers and so it is.