WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from May 6
It may not have been labeled NXT TakeOver, but the May 6 edition was booked like one of NXT's biggest shows of 2020. NXT promised a pair of massive title matches as well as the debut of its new big star.
Adam Cole is the longest-reigning NXT champion in history, yet he has consistently dodged The Velveteen Dream. Finally, he put his title on the line against perhaps the greatest threat to his championship reign to date.
NXT women's champion Charlotte Flair defended her new title in NXT for the first time against one of the best female wrestlers in the world, Io Shirai. This first-time clash had the potential to steal the show while establishing The Queen's dominance over the black-and-gold brand.
Karrion Kross debuted alongside Scarlett just weeks removed from his brutal attack on Tommaso Ciampa backstage. Doomsday had arrived, and Kross was ready to destroy anyone in his way.
A mysterious attacker assaulted Finn Balor backstage, ruining his chance to earn another NXT Championship opportunity. The Prince called out the one who attacked him, making sure he paid for his indiscretions.
This show was massive, possibly the biggest wrestling event WWE has put on since WrestleMania 36. However, whether the talent stepped up to deliver would decide what came of the night.
Johnny Gargano vs. Dominik Dijakovic
Dominik Dijakovic's power and ferocity were too much for Johnny Gargano early. However, a clothesline to the back of the right knee allowed The Rebel Heart to chop the big man down. When the big man recovered, Candice LeRae walked down to distract him.
Dijakovic fought back all the same with an impressive flip off the top rope into a superkick. Gargano exposed the turnbuckle and then sent the big man into it with a headscissors to set up the One Final Beat for the win.
Gargano def. Dijakovic by pinfall.
This was a fun match that used the mix of styles well. Dijakovic is impressive in so many ways, but he often needs his opponents to set the pace to keep him contained. Gargano did that, focusing on wearing him down and finding his openings.
This new Johnny Wrestling has looked good so far when he has focused on wrestling. He can still be resilient but needs a few shortcuts to pull through against top competitors. This allows him to keep his style but take more of the lead in matches.
Interim Cruiserweight Tournament: Akira Tozawa vs. Jack Gallagher
Jack Gallagher seemed poised to fight Akira Tozawa early in this match with a technical focus, but he was not ready for how far The Stamina Monster was willing to go to win. Tozawa hit a DDT onto the apron and then his diving senton in the ring for the win.
Tozawa called out El Hijo del Fantasma in an interview after the match, promising to beat him.
Tozawa def. Gallagher by pinfall.
Despite their familiarity, this match did not come together as strongly as one would have expected. The two were absolutely rushed, clocking in under four minutes, and there was not nearly enough energy behind the contest.
Tozawa has been set up as the likely winner of his block. If he loses in the third round, it would lead to an awkward tiebreaker situation. It makes more sense to commit to The Stamina Monster, who has been on a roll with his performances even if he loses often on Monday Night Raw.
Xia Li vs. Chelsea Green (w/ Robert Stone)
Robert Stone introduced Chelsea Green, who came in confident despite the dominance of Xia Li. Li almost wiped away her smile with an impressive series of strikes. However, Aliyah distracted the Chinese Superstar, setting up Green to hit the I'm-Prettier for the win.
Green def. Li by pinfall.
Li vs. Aliyah has gone on as a feud for far too long. It is obvious that only one is seen as a major star in NXT. This could lead to Aliyah aligning herself with the Robert Stone Brand, but it is more likely she will continue to lose on repeat.
Green needs to work with more seasoned competition in longer matches. This was sloppy and rushed. It did not leave a great impression. However, there's no judging her fully until she's gotten a real opportunity.
Karrion Kross (w/ Scarlett) vs. Leon Ruff
Karrion Kross made an impressive entrance led by Scarlett before refusing to waste time. A few devastating Saito suplexes set up Kross to lock in the Kross Jacket for the tapout.
Kross def. Leon Ruff by submission.
As far as squash matches go, this was quick and effective. It just did not do much to truly showcase who Kross is or what it means that Doomsday has arrived. It was painless domination.
What made more of an impression was the entrance. Scarlett's over-the-top singing along to the theme made for a ridiculous image that didn't quite work. It was silly more than imposing, but the theme and presentation could work otherwise.
NXT Women's Champion Charlotte Flair vs. Io Shirai
Charlotte Flair's confidence was quickly shattered by the speed with which Io Shirai kicked her in the face. The contest went back and forth, but The Queen felt herself losing control against The Joshi Judas quickly. As the two fought outside, The Queen smacked her with a kendo stick to cause a disqualification.
As Charlotte continued to attack Shirai, going for a Figure-Eight around the steel post, Rhea Ripley returned and ran off the NXT women's champion. The Joshi Judas scolded Ripley for getting involved in her business.
Shirai def. Charlotte by DQ; Charlotte retains the NXT Cruiserweight Championship.
While the contest was good, it could have been better. The sudden disqualification felt artificial and unearned for the moment. It gives Shirai a win over Charlotte, which extends their feud. It does not make it feel like the two have real heat.
It was good to see The Nightmare back in action. Hopefully, she does not lose too much steam from her loss and time away. She needs to remain one of NXT's best and brightest.
Interim Cruiserweight Tournament: Kushida vs. Jake Atlas
Jake Atlas hit hard early, connecting on a series of athletic moves including an impressive enzuigiri, but Kushida just kept moving. As Atlas jumped off the top rope, the Japanese Superstar caught him in a cross armbreaker for a quick tapout.
Afterward, Kushida promised that he would join the legacy of great cruiserweights and become the next NXT cruiserweight champion.
Kushida def. Atlas by submission.
For whatever reason, NXT continues to rush through this tournament. Kushida and Atlas could have gone 10 minutes. Instead, Kushida barely broke three minutes before tapping out the up-and-comer.
It would make far too much sense for Kushida to become the interim NXT cruiserweight champion. He has needed a big break since his debut in NXT. This is his chance to fully establish himself among his peers.
Finn Balor Promises to Squash Attacker; Cameron Grimes vs. Denzel Dejournette
Finn Balor walked to the stage podium, talking to his attacker directly. He did not know who had assaulted him, but he promised to make him pay. He warned that the attack would not get him anywhere. He would suffer for what he did.
Cameron Grimes went for the Cave In right after the bell, but Denzel Dejournette caught him with a few belly-to-belly suplexes before falling to Grimes' finisher. Afterward, Grimes mocked Balor and got laid out by The Prince.
Grimes def. Dejournette by pinfall.
The Prince has not always cut great promos, but occasionally a tight script does wonders for him. His message to his attacker worked brilliantly and helps refocus Balor since he won't be getting to WALTER for several months at least.
Grimes does need something to do soon. It felt counterproductive to have him win a squash and then get laid out, but maybe Balor vs. Grimes is in the near future.
NXT Champion Adam Cole vs. The Velveteen Dream
Adam Cole mocked The Velveteen Dream throughout the match, motivating the challenger. As Dream got close to the win, Undisputed Era headed to the ring. Dexter Lumis stopped Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish from getting involved.
The referee went down hard in the chaos before the challenger hit the Dream Valley Driver. The official recovered long after Dream should have won. Cole hit a superkick and the Last Shot to retain his NXT Championship.
Cole def. Dream by pinfall to retain the NXT Championship.
It was a night of rushed matches, as this felt far too short despite making it to the 10-minute mark. Cole and Dream never really got going in this contest before chaos ensued, and the finish was a cop-out.
These two will absolutely have a great match at some point down the line. The screwy end allows Dream to refocus and get another title shot at a better time. For now, Cole is still champion, running away with the title of longest-reigning NXT champion.