NXT ON USA: February 17 results (Wrestleview)


Posted on 2/18/121 by Colin Vassallo



WWE NXT results, Feb. 17, 2021: Adam Cole severs brotherhood
with Kyle O’Reilly, sets sights on NXT Championship

Kyle O’Reilly wanted an explanation from Adam Cole but
instead suffered a dastardly attack from his former friend,
and Cole sent NXT Champion Finn Bálor a clear message.
Elsewhere, WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax & Shayna
Baszler confronted Raquel González & Dakota Kai, The Way
reunited with Austin Theory after he’d gone missing and
more.

Kyle O’Reilly demanded answers from Adam Cole to no avail

An understandably furious Kyle O’Reilly kicked off this
week’s edition of NXT dead-set on a face-to-face meeting
with seemingly ex-best friend Adam Cole, but the former NXT
Champion was a no-show. Instead, fellow Undisputed ERA
member Roderick Strong tried to calm O’Reilly down and patch
things up, but the martial-arts expert was having none of
it.

A heated Finn Bálor also arrived wanting an explanation from
O’Reilly after being superkicked by Cole at NXT TakeOver:
Vengeance Day, saying he was holding O’Reilly responsible.

Meanwhile, Pete Dunne and NXT Tag Team Champions Oney Lorcan
& Danny Burch exploited the squabble, ambushing all three
men and leaving them lying before NXT General Manager

William Regal declared that the Superstars would face off in
a Six-Man Tag Team Match tonight.

Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon def. Candice LeRae & Indi
Hartwell

The Way was visibly distracted from the moment they entered
the Capitol Wrestling Center, still worried over the
whereabouts of Austin Theory. NXT North American Champion
Johnny Gargano joined the commentary team but soon left the
desk after a familiar white van was shown arriving outside.
With Gargano heading outside to check it out, chaotic action
unfolded in the ring.

Moments later, Gargano reemerged inside the Capitol
Wrestling Center with a hooded figure with their hands tied,
pulling it off to reveal Austin Theory in some… interesting
attire. Gargano was overjoyed, and Candice LeRae soon joined
in the celebration, leaving Indi Hartwell alone to succumb
to a successful roll-up pin by Ember Moon. While The Way
lost, reuniting with Theory seemed to be their bigger focus.

Leon Ruff def. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott

Isaiah “Swerve” Scott continued to display the more cocky
demeanor we’ve seen from him of late, going as far as to
flat-out disrespect Leon Ruff repeatedly throughout this
matchup. But the former North American Champion seemed to
give Scott more than he bargained for as the match
progressed, and Scott proved to be yet another foe who
underestimated Ruff.

Ruff once again used a crucifix pin to pull off another
stunning win. Scott blew a gasket afterward, stomping the
feisty up-and-comer and viciously launching him into the
turnbuckle.

Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter def. Aliyah & Jessi Kamea
w/Robert Stone

The high-energy team of Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter
looked to pick up right where they left off in the Dusty
Classic, and they continued to flash considerable promise as
a duo. Once again using innovative offense, they dropped
Aliyah with a creative neckbreaker-splash combination to put
her away.

But their celebration was short-lived, with Xia Li arriving
to confront Catanzaro, marking her hand in cryptic fashion
before promising to “purge” her next week.

WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler
confronted Raquel González & Dakota Kai

Both MSK and Raquel González & Dakota Kai were on hand to
celebrate their Dusty Classic victories, but González & Kai
found themselves interrupted by the surprise arrival of Nia
Jax & Shayna Baszler. Set to defend the WWE Women’s Tag Team
Titles in two weeks, the two former NXT stalwarts seemed
sure they’d intimidate González & Kai, particularly given

Baszler’s history of bullying Kai years ago on the black-
and-gold brand. But González insisted things had changed in
NXT since they left, and Kai promised she’d “kick Baszler’s
head off.”

Kushida def. Tyler Rust via Malcolm Bivens’ forfeit

With Kushida still feeling the effects of his grueling
battle against Johnny Gargano this past Sunday, Tyler Rust
looked to capitalize for what would have been a signature
victory to elevate his star. Rust repeatedly targeting the
already-weakened neck of NXT’s resident Time Splitter, but
Kushida eventually trapped Rust in the Hoverboard Lock.
Deciding discretion was the better part of valor, Malcolm
Bivens forfeited on Rust’s behalf, choosing to take the loss
for his client than to have him suffer further damage.

Zoey Stark def. Valentina Feroz

Zoey Stark turned in as impressive of a debut as we’ve seen
in some time in NXT, decimating Valentina Feroz with ultra-
physical offense. Softening up Feroz with snake eyes on the
turnbuckle and a lighting-quick back-thrust kick, Stark
followed with a release half-nelson suplex to flatten her
foe. Stark’s intensity only escalated from there, and she
finished off Feroz with a tilt-a-whirl knee strike to the
face for the win.

Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch def. Finn Bálor, Kyle
O’Reilly & Roderick Strong in a Six-Man Tag Team Match

Kyle O’Reilly was finally able to unleash 72 hours’ worth of
pent-up fury, dominating all three opponents upon being
tagged in with a storm of strikes. But O’Reilly missed a
dive off the apron meant for Danny Burch, taking a huge blow
to the face from Dunne instead.

The BruiserWeight worked over O’Reilly until he finally
tagged in Finn Bálor, and The Prince immediately took over
the ring. With Burch seemingly set on using his NXT Tag Team
Title as a weapon, the referee stopped him, but Bálor
inadvertently sent Dunne crashing into the official.

Bálor set up for the Coup de Grace, only for Adam Cole to
finally make his presence felt in a big way. Cole shoved
Bálor off the top rope and came face to face with O’Reilly
on the outside, dropping him with a huge pump kick before
leaving him motionless with a vicious suplex on the steel
steps.

Inside the ring, Bálor recovered only to accidentally catch
Roderick Strong with a Pelé kick. With Finn immediately
recognizing his mistake, Dunne took advantage and hit him
with the Bitter End before pinning the NXT Champion.

The night only got worse for Bálor, who felt the wrath of
Cole’s superkick for the second time in four nights. That
left Cole to lock eyes on the NXT Title with a familiar
smirk before holding it high in the air.

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